Storytelling school

More than 270 Flintshire schoolchildren take part in a storytelling session at Broughton Shopping Park

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Job : Thu 23 June 2022

More than 270 primary school children in Flintshire took part in a storytelling session at Broughton Shopping Park, hosted with the aim of helping them fall in love with reading.

Young people heard stories from professional storyteller Fiona Eadie and participated in the Young Readers program designed to encourage children to read outside of the classroom.

During the literacy-focused event, students from Ysgol Ca’er Nant, Saltney Ferry CP School and Wood Memorial CP School also took part in a range of fun activities and were able to take home a book of their choice.

The session is part of an award-winning initiative sponsored by Broughton’s co-owner, British Land, and run in partnership with the National Literacy Trust,

Thr Two are celebrating 11 years of partnership this year and since the program launched at Broughton Shopping Park, it has supported over 2,400 school children and seen over 7,200 books donated across the region.

Research by the National Literacy Trust has shown that owning a book means children are more likely to say they enjoy reading and are more likely to read in their free time.

However, almost 6% of children in the UK do not own a book, which equates to almost 415,000 children across the country.

As reading for pleasure has been shown to have a positive effect on children’s reading skills as well as on their well-being and mental health, the Young Readers Program initiative aims to provide support and help in the development of children in disadvantaged areas by giving them access to books.

Alan Barker, director of the center in Broughton, said: “Supporting local children and their families is so important to us and the Young Readers program is an integral part of that.

“We look forward to this brilliant initiative every year and have loved hosting the children from Ysgol Ca’er Nant, Saltney Ferry CP School and Wood Memorial CP School.”

Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust, said: “Reading for pleasure has been proven to support mental wellbeing, literacy skills and future success.

“Encouraging children to love reading from an early age can have a measurable impact on the rest of their lives.”

“But the sad reality is that 6% of children across the country don’t have their own book to read at home, and many don’t find reading enjoyable.”

“Thanks to the Young Readers program and support from British Land, we are able to help more children have fun while reading outside the classroom, giving them access to inspiring books and many benefits they might otherwise miss. ”

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