The event at Graiseley Strengthening Families Hub on Tuesday (11 February, 2020), was organised by the National Literacy Trust and the City of Wolverhampton Council, and was the first to be held by the city's new Pop Up Literacy Hub, which will support families and young children to gain the literacy skills they need in life.
Children had the opportunity to hear the much loved children's picture book by Michael Rosen brought to life for them by professional storyteller Steve Stickley – and also enjoyed a welly walk and their very own bear hunt around the nearby Graiseley Park.
Inside, children enjoyed a range of craft, sensory activities and rhyme time activities, while youngsters were given their own copy of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, along with a soft bear, to enable them to recreate the fun and develop a love of reading at home.
Tuesday’s event was one of 4 organised by the National Literacy Trust across the Black Country this month. It is working with all 4 local councils, early years professionals and health professionals to introduce Pop up Literacy Hubs in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley which will support families and young children to further develop the literacy skills they need in life.
The National Literacy Trust is also providing training for early years professionals and giving advice to share with local families. Through the National Literacy Trust settings you will receive training regarding ways to further develop good communication, language and literacy skills. Families will be provided with information, support and practical tips to use at home.
These activities are all part of a new early years vision to improve the support for children living in areas at the highest risk of low literacy.
Local Hub Manager for the National Literacy Trust, Gaganpreet Basra, said: “We are excited to be launching our first 4 Pop up Hubs in the Black Country, and we were delighted to welcome so many families to our event at Graiseley Strengthening Families Hub on Tuesday."
Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Lacking vital literacy skills can hold a person back at every stage of their life, and we are pleased to be working with the National Literacy Trust on this exciting project which will help young children and families across the city to develop their literacy skills at an early age.”