Statement from Scottish Book Trust

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Category: Press Releases

Updated statement in relation to the sentencing of Karen McCormack 6 April 2018.

South Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum (SGCPF) run Bookbug activities as part of their important and valuable programme of work with families in communities across the south of the city.

Bookbug is a national programme, delivered by Scottish Book Trust, a national charity.

Karen McCormack is a volunteer with SGCPF.

Scottish Book Trust support SGCPF with training and Bookbug bags for babies and children, to deliver Bookbug activities in their local area as part of their programme, but no monetary support. No Bookbug or Scottish Book Trust funds were involved in any way in this court case.


Original statement Tuesday 13 March 2018

Unfortunately the press release issued by the Glasgow Courts Press Agency yesterday (12 March) about funds embezzled from the charity, South Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum, states that the charity involved in this incident is Bookbug, which is factually incorrect.

Bookbug is not a charity. It is a national programme run by Scottish Book Trust.

To clarify: the South Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum is one of many local charity organisations with whom Scottish Book Trust works.

  • It is not financially connected with Scottish Book Trust.
  • South Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum delivers Bookbug activities as one strand of their programme. Scottish Book Trust provides South Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum with training, advice and Bookbug bags of books, but do not give any monetary support. The money in question is not Bookbug or Scottish Book Trust funds.
  • Karen McCormack is not, as was reported, Treasurer of Bookbug. She is a volunteer at the South Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum.
  • We have looked at the South Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum website and note that it mischaracterises the relationship between itself and the Bookbug programme. We are taking steps to address this.
  • All references to ‘the charity’ in the press release should refer to South Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum.