The National Literacy Trust is working with the City of Wolverhampton Council’s early years settings to put on an exciting family event themed on the popular book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

The event takes place on Tuesday 11 February at Graiseley Strengthening Families Hub, Pool Street, WV2 4NE, from 9.30am to 11am. 

Families with young children will have the opportunity to hear the much loved children's picture book by Michael Rosen brought to life for them by professional storyteller, Steve Stickley. 

They will also be able to enjoy a welly walk around the nearby Graiseley Park, encouraging families to go on their very own Bear Hunt. There will also be free healthy snacks, and a range of fun activities for families to take part in, from crafting to sensory activities and rhyme times.

Children who attend will also go away with their very own free copy of the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt book, while stocks last. The event is free – simply turn up on the day.

It is one of 4 such events organised by the National Literacy Trust across the Black Country this month, and is also the first to be put on by Wolverhampton’s new local Pop up Literacy Hub. 

All 4 Black Country councils are working together with early years professionals, health professionals and the National Literacy Trust to introduce Pop up Hubs in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley which will support families and young children to gain 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. 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 four Pop-up Hubs in the Black Country, and look forward to many families coming along to get involved in the events. Thanks to the generous support of Walker Books, children who attend can also take home their very own copy of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to help them continue the fun and learning at home!”

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 delighted 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.”