Get Leeds Reading: Join the Giant Wiggle

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A charity which supports the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children is backing the YEP’s Get Leeds Reading campaign.

Action For Children is behind the Giant Wiggle – a fundraising event which celebrates the UK’s most read children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The Giant Wiggle

The Giant Wiggle

The charity is calling on children’s centres, nurseries and toddler groups to form giant caterpillar conga lines on March 19, in a bid to inspire imaginative play through storytelling and creative activities.

Julie Longworth, from Action for Children across Yorkshire, said: “We want to celebrate Eric Carle’s beloved book by encouraging children to get active and have fun.

“By hosting a sponsored Giant Wiggle you will help us to support vulnerable children, young people and families.” As part of the YEP Get Leeds Reading campaign, we are encouraging families to spend at least 10 minutes every day looking at books together.

We revealed how 1,000 pupils left Leeds primary schools last year without learning to read properly and half of them started secondary school with a reading age of seven or below.

That’s why we are calling on an army of YEP readers to sign up as volunteers with literacy charity Beanstalk and provide pupils with invaluable one-to-one support.

Julie said the charity fully supported the YEP’s efforts to raise literacy levels across the city, adding: “A child’s engagement with books, and their literacy level, is an important indicator of future success.”

She said: “Across our children’s centres in Yorkshire, we encourage children to build a positive life-long relationship with books to help them reach their full potential in later life.”

The charity has teamed up with The World of Eric Carle, to organise the event, which last year saw more than 32,000 children take part, raising £80,000.

For more information on how to organise your own Giant Wiggle visit www.actionforchildren.org.uk/giantwiggle.

* Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, vets and supports volunteers to help children who have fallen behind with their reading.

The charity trains volunteers to read with pupils in their local primary schools for two 90 minute, one-to-one sessions per week for the school year, term-time only.

No previous experience is required as you will be fully trained.

All you have to provide is a minimum commitment of 12 months and a love of reading.

Contact westyorkshire@beanstalkcharity.org.uk – telephone 0845 450 0344 or go to www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk.

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