This year, community groups have been able to register for the Reading Challenge for the first time, and groups across Scotland have been taking on the challenge to encourage reading for pleasure amongst the young people they work with! We spoke to a number of groups to find out how they have been taking part – read on to find out a bit about their reading journeys so far…
Eric Gray Centre, Shetland
Staff at the Eric Gray Centre work with young people and adults with various learning difficulties and complex needs, providing different vocational and recreational activities for them. The Reading Challenge has worked well with their current focus on literacy, so they have set a target to enjoy 25 stories together. They’ve also celebrated World Book Day and built a partnership with their local library, who have visited to read stories to the service users!
The group are planning to use our 10 Things to do with any book (ASN) resource next, which has been designed specifically with these learners in mind. If your group includes young people with additional support needs, this resource can help give you some new approaches and activity ideas.
1st Musselburgh Guides, East Lothian
In Musselburgh, this group of guides have been exploring and enjoying different types of text, from books and magazines to comics and internet articles. They’ve even taken part in a sponsored readathon complete with blankets and bunting to raise money for their group.
Orb’s Community Bookshop, Aberdeenshire
Orb’s Community Bookshop work with different schools in their area, so taking on the Reading Challenge has given them insight into the resources we have available to schools taking part. They have been using group passports on their visits to schools, and have plans for a share a story author event, plus making some more partnerships around reading!
2nd Stornoway Rainbows, Western Isles
On the Isle of Lewis, this group of Rainbows are using the Reading Challenge to help them work towards their Booklover badge. They love to bring their favourite books along to meetings to share and recommend to each other, and are taking inspiration from a book for their part in an upcoming Gang Show!
Tell your story
If your community group has been encouraging children and young people to read for pleasure, make sure you tell us about it by entering the Community Reading Culture challenge by 1 May. You’ll receive a Party Pack to help you celebrate, and the chance to win money for books.
If you’re taking part as a primary school, we would love to hear about your links to community groups as part of the School Community Partnership Reading Journey challenge.