Supporting materials to encourage Reading Champions

10th April 2014

Working with Quick Reads, The Reading Agency, The National Research and Development Centre and the Library & Heritage Services, NIACE has developed a set of free supporting materials for Reading Champions including a downloadable toolkit and a three hour training module. Reading Champions can be any age and keen to promote reading anywhere that they work, learn, volunteer or socialise.

Sue Southwood, Quick Reads Project Manager at NIACE, said:

“Reading confidently gives people an equal chance in life. Putting a book into someone’s hand that they read and enjoy for the first time, can change their life every bit as much as enrolling on a course. Many adults may read everyday forms, notices or emails, but still see reading books for pleasure as something that’s just not for them.

“There is a critical difference between choosing not to read for pleasure and not feeling confident enough to lose yourself in a book. Reading for pleasure has so many benefits, yet too many adults have never read a book. This new toolkit and training module will help those who already support learning, such as Community Learning Champions and Union Learning Reps. But equally, we hope to reach a whole host of other people who can be positive about reading with their wider family, workplace and community.”

Cathy Renzenbrink, Quick Reads Project Director, said:

“We know that Quick Reads are instrumental in turning non-readers into readers and our mission is to continue to work with partners to put the books into the hands of the people who can most benefit from them, those who don’t visit libraries or bookshops. We feel that supporting Reading Champions will really help support this.”

“As part of the World War One anniversary celebrations, we have partnered with Cityread London to distribute a pamphlet of extracts from My Dear I Wanted to Tell You, chosen by Louisa Young, and edited by a Quick Reads literacy reader to make it accessible for emergent adult readers to libraries across all 33 London boroughs.”