Story Champions is a new project that launched in September 2020. Reading for pleasure is extremely important to the potential future success and happiness of children. The impact of reading for pleasure is so influential that research shows it is more important to engage in reading than to be from a privileged background. For children in care, this is an incredibly powerful message.
Carers are invited to learn more about reading for pleasure, develop their skills and provide an insight into the realities of instilling a love of books in the children in their care. We will then create a new training package that will be shared with all foster carers throughout the county.
This will be a true collaborative partnership, sharing experiences to ensure that the training developed is relevant, robust and meets the needs of foster carers. Once the package is finalised, we will decide on the most appropriate method of sharing the training together. Some initial ideas include attending Foster Carer Support Groups and holding a joint event with the Virtual School during the planned Love Your Library Festival.
As with all aspects of the project, exactly how we will tackle the creation of the training will be decided together however options could include:
- Meeting physically, with childcare options provided
- Using an online sharing platform such as Microsoft teams (software would be provided)
- A combination of the two
If you are interested in taking part but feel that there are barriers that would prevent you doing so, please do get in touch as we are more than happy to find creative solutions to any problems. For example, if you are unable to travel, we could organise transport, and if you have barriers to childcare which might prevent you from getting involved we can support you to overcome these.
For an informal chat please contact Steph on 0116 305 8760, or email Stephanie.Strange@leics.gov.uk
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