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.

AB Gets His Wings

On a shelf in the toy warehouse, a cuddly, furry, lonely bear waits until night falls and the lights go out. When everyone goes home, the bear and his toy friends get up to play and lark around!

They are all waiting for the terrifying grabber that will pluck them from the shelf, drop them into a basket and take them to a new life.

When his turn comes, the little bear is afraid – he worries about where his new life will lead. Will it be with a kind boy or girl?

Join this charming little bear on his amazing adventure as W. C. A. B.

#MaverickInTheSky

Maverick the Realise Bear is our very own advocate raising awareness about literacy and mental health. He encourages people to talk openly about mental health in children and supports our Community Champions in schools and local groups. Follow his journey on social media #MaverickInTheSky.

Literacy Champions

We’re funding community residents and colleagues to undertake National Literacy Trust training to become Literacy Champions. 25 people will learn new skills and gain knowledge about children’s reading standards and mental health. Literacy Champions will support local primary schools and community groups, reading books to young people, early years and older people.

Literacy Benches

We’re passionate about encouraging people to read. That’s why our literacy benches are fully 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 promoting well being and mindfulness, whilst representing people’s favourite novels.

How to get involved

If you are a community group, school or local business and would like to get involved and support literacy in our communities, we’d love to hear from you.