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Hundreds of free books given out at Haverhill launch of new initiative to get more young people reading




Community volunteers gathered in Haverhill town centre last weekend to share stories with local families to mark the launch of Get Suffolk Reading in Haverhill.

To highlight the wellbeing benefits of reading for just 10 minutes per day, 10 storytellers read a story every 10 minutes throughout the morning.

Get Suffolk Reading is a countywide campaign from the National Literacy Trust to improve literacy levels in young people, and the event marked the start of focussed activity in Haverhill.

Community volunteers at the Haverhill launch of Get Suffolk Reading. Submitted photo
Community volunteers at the Haverhill launch of Get Suffolk Reading. Submitted photo

Project manager for Haverhill, Suzanne Stevenson, is active in the community shaping plans for upcoming activity through discussion with local residents.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the launch of Get Suffolk Reading in Haverhill and the opportunity to engage with so many local families and amazing volunteers that helped make the event possible.

"My experience of community collaboration throughout this event gives me great optimism for the development of the campaign over the coming years.”

Haverhill town and district councillor Margaret Marks reading a Hairy Maclary story at the Haverhill launch of Get Suffolk Reading. Submitted photo
Haverhill town and district councillor Margaret Marks reading a Hairy Maclary story at the Haverhill launch of Get Suffolk Reading. Submitted photo

Families can find the latest updates and future events listed on the Get Suffolk Reading Facebook page.

Almost 400 free books were given out to families, thanks to a donation from Penguin Random House.

Throughout the event on Saturday, October 2, stories were read by a range of volunteers in the community, including Haverhill Town Council, head teachers from local schools, Suffolk Libraries staff, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Mind and several other organisations.

Hanna, who attended the event with her two children said: “Overall I would just like to thank you for such a fantastic event which I'm sure has been hugely beneficial for many children and families in the local area.

"We look forward to seeing what else may happen in the future.”

Get Suffolk Reading is led by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Suffolk County Council. For more information GO HERE.