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Even more Hackney residents are set to benefit from the latest round of Peabody’s literacy project, Reading from the Start.


More than 200 residents living in Hackney have attended Peabody’s Reading from the Start sessions since the project launched last summer.

In partnership with VINCI Facilities and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the sessions continue to take place every Tuesday at Pembury Community Centre after the February half-term.

Open to parents with children aged between two and five years of age, they're delivered by dedicated volunteers who aim to empower parents to support their child’s literacy skills.

Who says reading can't be fun?

Each session features interactive activities including storytelling, nursery rhyme sing-alongs and arts and crafts which help to improve literacy during a child’s first years of development.

This can have a significant impact on increasing cognitive abilities and language skills later in life.

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Peabody’s Director of Community Programmes, Veronica Kirwan said: "We know by speaking to many of the children and parents who participate in our partnership projects that we have really captured the magic of books.

"That's the start of young people fostering the love of reading and one of the first stepping stones in encouraging them to reach their full potential in life."

Community and confidence-building

VINCI Facilities Business & Community Investment Manager, Josephine O’Connor said:

"Families that previously felt isolated in their homes are now a part of not only this superb educational programme for their children, but also play a role in the community and are fully engaged in the learning experience for themselves. 

"A year on and the children themselves are reading to their peers; something not many of these under-fives would have had the confidence to do when we started.

"It is above all a community success, with local volunteers making a vital contribution. They have a real sense of ownership and it is their passion that will keep the project alive."

Find out more

Reading from the Start takes place at Pembury Community Centre, as well as Islington, Tufnell Park and Tower Hamlets. 

Find out more about Reading from the Start