New grant helps children to keep turning the pages

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Funding from The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is helping children across Doncaster to switch off their computers and enjoy reading books.

The Doncaster Book Award team has secured funding of £4,779 from Coalfields Community Grants to cover the cost of volunteer training workshops, transport, venue hire and materials.

As a result the scheme has reported that a growing number of young people within Doncaster have developed a genuine interest in reading, which has also encouraged other creative activities.

Established to help combat low literacy levels and build confidence in youngsters across the district, Doncaster Book Award, which is now in its 10th year, encourages reading using innovative interpretation workshops, which include creative methods to communicate a story such as drama, animation and music.

Chair of Doncaster Book Award Lesley Hurworth said: “Doncaster Book Award is first and foremost about encouraging children to discover a love for reading.

“We aim to boost literacy skills among young people and if it wasn’t for the help that we receive from organisations such as the Coalfields Community Grants programme this simply wouldn’t be possible.”

Each year the Doncaster Book Award scheme provides a diverse list of books, which are chosen by children and teenagers.

At the end of each season, the youngsters vote for their favourite author and title.