Wisbech reads

Wisbech Reads will create opportunities for improving the skills and life prospects for all of those living in the Wisbech area through reading, writing and speaking.

The Vision

Wisbech Reads is a partnership located in the Wisbech area of Cambridgeshire whose focus is to improve literacy skills amongst both children and adults.

In 2014, Wisbech Reads secured Arts Council England funding to ‘Enhance children’s confidence and enjoyment in reading and writing, speaking and listening’.

A small core group of partners had success in achieving this by facilitating regular encounters with books and their authors, stories and storytellers, and by providing participatory, intergenerational opportunities for families to engage more creatively with reading and writing.

Since the end of the initial program in 2016, the work of the Partnership has continued through partners’ in-kind contributions and the securing of small grants to undertake events on an ad hoc basis. This has included a schools engagement programme; a public festival; one-off events; and the building of relationships with local authors and artists.

In 2018 the partnership was strengthened by funding from Clarion Housing and The Festival Bridge and engaged Cambridgeshire ACRE who supported Wisbech Reads to:

  • Strengthen the Wisbech Reads Partnership and its governance;
  • Obtain an agreed vision and focused objectives for the delivery of outputs and outcomes, that will create a significant impact;
  • Evaluate local needs and engage the most disadvantaged children and their families in Wisbech Reads delivery
  • The partnership continues to run a summer reading festival and has extended it's reach to schools by running a poetry festival in March 2020.  

The partnership is taking a community- based approach to this task believing that engaging the whole community and using trusted community assets to facilitate delivery will bring about sustainable, community-driven development that will yield results for the longer term.

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