Supporting literacy in the community
We’re proud to be supporting literacy in communities across Staffordshire. Our projects inspire families, young people, schools and community groups to read together and talk about mental health.
To raise awareness of literacy we’re working with children’s author Richard Bland and his book ‘AB Gets His Wings’ – a charming story about a little bear called Wing Commander AB on an amazing adventure in the Royal Bear Force.
Our very own Realise charity bear called ‘Maverick’ has made friends with AB and takes flight at RAF Valley, Anglesey. Maverick flies in the skies spreading the story of a little bear on a journey to improve literacy and mental health.
Working with the National Literacy Trust, our Community Champions are trained in delivering reading sessions that support the development of a reading culture within schools and community groups. Embedded in our Community Champion is ‘Maverick’ and the story ‘AB Gets His Wings’ encouraging children to write about their feelings starting a conversation about mental health.
Our reading benches are developed with communities in mind. You can get involved in the creation of your own reading bench, complete with planters for vegetables and herbs. The benches are beautifully designed to promote well being and mindfulness.