Bookbinders is a scheme designed to support groups with poor literacy skills that are outside of mainstream education.
People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our Bookbinders project received £9880 from the Trust to set up new reading groups In partnership with charities working with educationally disadvantaged vulnerable adults. The core aim is to encourage reading in a supportive environment, and to help participants improve their literacy skills. We will work with a trusted person known to the participants to take on the role of group leader and provide them with the resources and know-how to lead sessions.
The KM Charity Team Project Officer offers initial support but it is intended that Bookbinders groups become self-sufficient and meet regularly – weekly or fortnightly, to read from a book or book extract and discuss what they read. As the group progresses we have developed guidelines for additional activities – role play and writing, that will encourage the further development of literacy and communication skills. As an incentive we are offering a monthly prize of group pizza (or other prizes) for those who engage best.
Resources consist of ‘group leader notes’ which refer to a particular book or book-extract that will be discussed at the session. With funding from the People’s Postcode, we have commissioned a library of books which can be borrowed or donated to book groups. These consist of a variety of books and subjects including easy-read.
Complete the enquiry form below to receive the Bookbinder guidance materials.