Tameside residents urged to give the ‘Gift of Books’ in children’s literacy campaign
Wednesday 4th April 2018 @ 10:42 by Tom Greggan
Education News Tameside

Tameside residents are being urged to back a new campaign to improve children’s literacy across Greater Manchester.

The campaign, called ‘Gift Of Books’, is aiming to get the printed word into the hands of children who have never previously owned a book, and donations are open now.

Residents can simply donate their favourite childhood book, which will then be given to a child who needs it in Greater Manchester.

The campaign was launched following research from The National Literacy Trust earlier this year that revealed 40,000 schoolchildren throughout Greater Manchester do not own a single book of their own.

The donated books will then be redistributed to children across the region who attend schools identified by the National Literacy Trust as being in deprived areas, where low levels of literacy are seriously impacting on people’s lives.

The school’s in Tameside which could benefit from the Gift of Book’s campaign are Poplar Street Primary in Audenshaw, Greswell Primary and Linden Road Primary in Denton, Denton Community College and Droylsden Academy.

The amount of books that each school receives depends on the number of donations received.

The initiative is a joint partnership between the National Literacy Trust and Stockport business, cartridgesave.co.uk.

To take part, visit cartridgesave.co.uk to find your nearest collection point, and simply drop your gift off, with a printed note explaining why you enjoyed it so much.

Twelve collection points are currently accepting donations across the region, including The Starr in Glossop and Romiley Life Centre, allowing local book lovers to share their love of the printed word.

Schools, local groups and community centres in Tameside can also register as a collection point by filling in the sign-up form.

Ian Cowley, Managing Director at cartridgesave.co.uk, explained: “We are looking to change the future of school children in Greater Manchester one book at a time by calling on the surrounding areas of the city to help us donate as many books as possible.

“It is simply wrong that in 2018 so many children have don’t own a single book, a clear sign of imbalance in our society. This spring we hope that the simple act of sharing the book that made a difference to your childhood, will make a critical difference in the lives of the most disadvantaged.”

Director of the National Literacy Trust, Jonathan Douglas, added: “The “Gift of Books” campaign is an absolutely brilliant way to encourage children in Greater Manchester to fall in love with reading. It will really help to ensure the next generation are better equipped to tackle education, work and life.”

 

How donating a book will make a difference- five key facts:

  1. One in eight of the most disadvantaged children in Greater Manchester say they don’t have a book of their won at home;
  2. In England, the median hourly wage of workers with the highest literacy levels is 94% higher than for workers with the lowest literacy levels;
  3. Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education, and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background;
  4. Low levels of literacy cost the UK an estimated £81billion a year in lost earnings and increased welfare spending, impacting on the economy as a whole;
  5. Literacy has been found to have a relationship with depression. 36% of those with low literacy were found to have depressive sypmtoms, compared to 20% of those with the highest levels of literacy.