Published: 00:00, 23 May 2017
Struggling adult readers have a tasty challenge to get their teeth into this week thanks to the Bookbinders literacy initiative.
Groups of individuals being supported by organisations including Porchlight and CXK are taking part in a week-long competition to win a pizza night. The group that is top or most improved for reading or engagement with the Bookbinders scheme will claim the prize.
Bookbinders is used by homeless charities, organisations supporting young people not in education or training (NEETs), as well as parent groups linked to schools and community centres. The scheme uses a book group format to boost reading confidence.
Kate Austin, co-ordinator of Bookbinders, said: “I’m delighted that we can reward our most enthusiastic participants with a fun pizza night. I’m sure that will be a welcome addition while they talk about their latest read.”
She added: “Bookbinders helps adults and adolescents whose literacy levels are a limiting factor in their lives. It’s not just about the reading; it’s also about the conversation with others about a shared experience.”
The scheme encourages groups to find reading materials that appeal to their readers from news stories and graphic novels to screen plays of a hit film.
The Bookbinders Challenge Week runs until Friday, May 26. To be in the running to win the prize, participating organisations must input their Bookbinders reading data by noon on Tuesday, May 30.
Organisations supporting individuals with literacy can find out more at www.bookbinders.org.uk.
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