The Summer Reading Challenge at Number 11 Downing Street
On 8 July The Reading Agency held an event at Number 11 Downing Street to celebrate the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge with key partners. The following blog is an extract from Miranda McKearney's speech at the event.
If you struggle with reading so much of life is closed to you - education, employment and participation in community life. So our mission is to create a fairer society by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers.
In the last three years we have been supporting librarians to develop the involvement of young Reading Activist volunteers, who act as motivational community mentors to the children doing the Challenge. I'm honoured to welcome three representatives of this growing army of inspiring young people: Philip, Harreeka and Abigail.
To mark its 25th anniversary, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation is making a series of gifts. Their final one is to The Reading Agency. And it's a gift of £1m. This will help us transform our work with young people into a new Reading Activist Challenge, so that we can help thousands more young volunteers like those you've just heard from tonight can support reading in their communities and develop vital skills and a love of reading along the way.