Over 60 children and their parents took part in a fun-packed storytelling event aimed at promoting the joys of reading organised by Incommunities, working in partnership with the National Literacy Trust,
Everyone gathered next to the Gateway Centre to listen to readings from the award winning children’s book ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ written by Michael Rosen, join in a drawing competition and enjoy a ‘teddy bears picnic’ together.
Nicki Woods, a functional skills tutor from the housing group’s Community Resilience Team organised the event and said: "The picnic proved a great way of engaging with younger residents and bringing the community together.
"Bringing stories to life through the art of storytelling really encourages boys and girls to get into reading and build their skills.
"Everyone who came along was given a free copy of Michael Rosen’s celebrated children’s book, courtesy of the National Literacy Trust. A big thank you too to staff at the Gateway Centre who made the picnic."
Anna Fryer, Incommunities’ Director of Neighbourhoods said: "Nicki does a great deal of positive work running free Maths and English classes for adults.
"This free storytelling event was an inspiring way of reaching the younger generation and encouraging their reading skills as part of their self-development. Hopefully we can offer similar events in other parts of the city next year."
The National Literacy Trust is a national charity working with communities to promote literacy skills and transform young lives.
Nick runs weekly free Maths and English courses for adults through a network of local community centres. To find out more about courses in your area ring Nicki Woods on 01274 254739.