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Under-fives encouraged to become bookworms at a Reading from the Start event.

Reading for under-5s / Gore Road / Tuesdays 10am–12 noon

Reading from the Start will run on Tuesdays for six weeks from 16 September, 10am-12 noon, at our Gore Road Community Centre

There will be fun family activities including storytelling sessions and nursery rhyme sing-alongs to bring books to life, as well as arts, crafts and games. 

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It's free to attend Reading from the Start

Volunteers will read with the children, and help parents with ideas and activities that can be used at home.

Books change lives

Parents attending the event spoke of their enthusiasm for the project. Loveth, a mother of two, said: “This is such a lovely event with excellent story telling which has inspired  me to read to my children more.”  

Kevin, a father, said: “This project is fantastic as it will help to inspire parents to read to their children especially as TV, video games and PlayStations are becoming more the norm for children.”

Making a difference

Around one in four London children leave primary school unable to read properly, which can have a major impact on their life chances. Reading with a child during the early years of their development can significantly increase cognitive abilities and language skills later in life.

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We aim to work with up to 450 families

“Improving children’s literacy levels is key to driving up skills for the future, so we need to instil a love of reading from the start," says Veronica Kirwan, our Director of Community Programmes. "We have been impressed by VINCI’s commitment to social responsibility from the outset, and are excited to be working with them to make a real difference to young lives in our communities.”

Tony Raikes, managing director of VINCI Facilities said: “It is really exciting to be in a position to make a positive impact on the lives of children living on some of the estates that we help support. Reading from the Start is a fantastic project to be a part of and one that I hope will set a template for future social value schemes that VINCI and our people can play a part in.”

Free books for under-fives

We've teamed up with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to offer free books to Peabody residents living in Hackney with children aged under five.

VINCI Facilities are supporting the scheme with a further £110,000, to create Reading Corners on Peabody estates across the capital. 

For further information or to register your interest please complete the form below or call Symone Brown on 0800 587 8215.