“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Whether it’s reading a book or a newspaper, checking the sports results, following a recipe, or using Social Media, reading is an essential skill. It’s also something that most of us enjoy doing.
However, your reading ability can also be a key determinate of your future. Various studies have found poor literacy linked to unemployment, low income, poor health behaviours, and lower life expectancy.
According to the National Literacy Trust there are around seven million adults unable to read, write and communicate successfully. The cost to the UK of this poor literacy is estimated at around £2.5 billion a year.
Good literacy starts in childhood. Of course, the opposite is also true, i.e. poor literacy also begins in childhood.
Reading to, and with, our children is something that most of us have enjoyed. However, research from the National Literacy Trust found that one in eleven children from disadvantaged backgrounds do not even own a book or aren’t read to.
This is worrying as children who own books are six times more likely to read above their age level. They are also more than twice as likely to agree that reading is cool. This greater literacy can lead to higher earnings, a longer life expectancy, and better mental health.
To help tackle this literacy crisis, the Rotary Club of Leicester is launching Rotary’s Books4Homes project in Leicester to help children in our local area.
Why can Rotary make this difference?
Rotary has extensive supporter and volunteer connections and is a proven campaign organiser.
Making a difference is what Rotary does all over the world.
How does Rotary Books4Home Leicester work?
The Rotary Books4Home Leicester project aims to help encourage local children to read by:
- Collecting new and used children’s books from local people and organisations,
- Raising money to purchase new children’s books, and
- Donating these books (via a local school) to pupils so that they will have their own books, and having
- Rotarians visit schools to listen to pupils reading.
Which schools are involved?
Details are still being finalising and we are talking to local schools about the project. However, the following school(s) are currently involved:
Lady Byron School – an independent specialist school in Leicestershire, working with students with a diagnosis of Autism.
We would invite local schools that would like to be involved in the project to contact us.
How can I support Books4Home?
We are looking for donations of new or good-quality children’s books, or you can make a cash donation below to enable us to purchase books.
We’re also looking for local businesses and organisations to become supporters?
Perhaps you could become a donation point? Or you could ask your staff and clients to donate books?
Where can I donate my books?
We’re delighted that the following local firms are supporting the Books4Home appeal by becoming donation points:
Andrew Granger & Co, Estate Agents. You can donate books at their office (Stoughton Grange, Gartree Road Leicester Leicestershire LE2 2FB) during office hours. Please check timings before travelling.
Mazars, a leading international audit, tax and advisory firm. You can donate books at their office (6 Dominus Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1RP) during office hours.
Oadby Royal British Legion club. You can donate books at the club (4a Wigston Road, Oadby LE2 5QA – please check with the club for their opening hours).
Rowley Turton (IFA) Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners. You can donate books at their office (Bramcote House, Ervington Court, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1WL) during office hours (8.30 am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday).
Please contact us for more information, to volunteer as a donation point, or to donate books.