£40,000 Funding Announced for Glasgow Reading Buddies

Children reading together
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A programme that partners older and younger pupils to encourage reading for pleasure has been awarded £40,000 to run in Glasgow primary schools.

Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, will work with schools in areas of multiple deprivation to reach thousands of primary-age pupils.

Glasgow has some of the UK’s poorest neighbourhoods with more than one-third (34.31%) of children in the city living in poverty. In the constituency of Glasgow Central that figure rises to 45%.¹

Literacy problems are often linked to poverty and inequality of opportunity. Being able to read confidently can improve a child’s life chances, helping them to do well at school and in later life. Scottish Book Trust’s Reading Buddies project targets this issue by supporting children to read picture books to younger pupils in their school and community.

Being able to read confidently can improve a child’s life chances, helping them to do well at school and in later life.

The schools programme builds reading skills, confidence and enjoyment of books and stories in pupils, and engages all levels of ability. Project activity will happen in schools located in areas of high deprivation, where the impact could be most beneficial.

The storytelling will build the older pupils’ presentation skills, social skills and leadership skills. Reading to younger children encourages them to explore books and stories, as well as building an interest in reading for pleasure in both age groups. The project will also include parental and volunteer involvement in schools, to encourage shared reading at home.

Funding to run the programme in Glasgow has been awarded from two organisations. £20,000 is from the People’s Postcode Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and £20,000 is from the Barcapel Foundation, which makes financial awards to charities working in areas of health, heritage and youth. The programme is also being supported by Glasgow Life Reader Development and Literacy Team.

Each participating school will receive:

  • Teacher training, bespoke resources and guidance, including ideas for encouraging parental involvement;
  • A ‘Getting Started’ class set of picture books;
  • Drama workshops for the older pupils to build confidence and storytelling skills;
  • A legacy library of additional picture books to continue shared reading in future terms.

Reading Buddies will run in Glasgow from next week (20 August) until the end of March 2019. The programme is sustainable beyond its funding as the tools and teacher resources will remain with the schools for use with classes in subsequent years. The teachers who have undertaken the professional development training can also pass their knowledge on to colleagues.

 Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Reading Buddies nurtures a love of reading, developing a range of literacy skills and supporting children to become more confident readers. It also encourages imagination, curiosity and leadership. Improving access to reading and writing programmes, for children and adults, is one of our key aims.

"Reading Buddies nurtures a love of reading, developing a range of literacy skills and supporting children to become more confident readers."

“This is most important in areas where poverty prevents some families from taking advantage of all the opportunities that a lifelong love of books and reading can bring. We are very grateful to the funding from People’s Postcode Trust and the Barcapel Foundation that has enabled us to provide this programme in Glasgow.”

Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Reading Buddies goes beyond just improving literacy; this project will allow children to share the enjoyment and excitement that books can bring with other people in their home, whilst also developing a range of other positive skills that will stay with them through life. I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting Reading Buddies with funding from People’s Postcode Trust.”

For all media enquiries please contact Lindsay Clydesdale, Media and PR Manager, on Lindsay.Clydesdale@scottishbooktrust.com or 0131 524 0175.


Notes to editors

¹ End Child Poverty Coalition, ‘Poverty in your area’ report, January 2018.

About Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that include:

  • Giving free books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
  • Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
  • Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
  • Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.

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About People’s Postcode Trust

People’s Postcode Trust provides financial support for charities and good causes, which help communities focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.

People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Creative Scotland

Scottish Book Trust is supported by regular funding from Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland