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Doorstep to Digital project will help disadvantaged families

The National Literacy Trust is looking to reach the most disadvantaged families in Nottingham City by launching a new 'Doorstep to Digital' project. The project, delivered by Literacy Volunteers, will ensure that young children unable to attend school during the pandemic can continue to learn at home.

The trust's Read on Nottingham team has been engaging with families and local organisations throughout the COVID-19 crisis and have identified two important needs - getting physical learning resources into the hands of families and providing ongoing support to parents to offset the challenges they may be facing about being isolated and expected to deliver education to their children.

In a bid to tackle these needs, the Doorstep to Digital project will provide tailored physical resources and book drops to homes across the city, delivered through house drops, community and partner organisations and via post. The packs will include books, age-appropriate family fun activity sheets and materials that support curriculum learning and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. A Frontline Link Worker will also be on-hand throughout the project, to provide one-to-one support and small group telephone and online sessions to parents.

It's hoped that the project will reach 1,000 local families. Families will be identified by settings, schools, literacy champions, children’s centres and local community partners. The literacy trust will focus on those who are experiencing the highest levels of deprivation and who have children aged 0-15 across all wards in Nottingham City. The first batch of packs are due to go out in November.

Referrals needed

The trust would like to hear from you or your organisation, if you are working with families with children who you know don't have any books or, indeed, access to online stories and education activities at this time (whether it be due to lack of a device or no internet). It may also be the case that parents cannot support their children to read due to other circumstances, such as their own lack of engagement with education, or that they struggle with mental health or anxiety, furthermore, they could be living in food poverty or not living at their permanent address.

If you would like to refer a family or young person to this scheme, please contact Community Project Officer Lorna Jaggard at lorna.jaggard@literacyvolunteers.org.uk or Read On Hub Manager Charlotte Malik at charlotte.malik@literacytrust.org.uk. Please include the following information about your referral in your initial email:

  • A surname 
  • Postcode 
  • Age of child/ren

Others ways to get involved

The trust is also looking for organisations to work with them to help distribute the packs. They would also love to hear if organisations would be able to encourage families to sign up for the follow up digital content (which could include talks by authors, ideas to help with children's literacy, and some mental health and wellbeing elements). There may also be What's App support groups set up, if families were comfortable doing that, to share ideas and hints and tips in a more personal way.

To find out more or express your interest in being involved in this project, please get in touch with Lorna or Charlotte at the email addresses above.

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Date Posted: 
Tuesday, 13 October, 2020

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