Children and families across the borough are set to benefit from a new agreement between Wigan Council and BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity.
BookTrust runs the BookStart programme nationally, which offers free books to every child in England and Wales at two key stages before the children start school. The programme aims to encourage a love of books, stories and rhymes in children from as young an age as possible.
BookTrust and Wigan Council have just signed an agreement, worth £446,652, to guarantee the programme will continue for the next three years.
Families will be given their child’s first set of books from Wigan Council’s registrars service when they register the birth and at a later stage from their health visitor. An additional benefit is that because two of Wigan Council’s main registrars offices are in libraries, the scheme is also a great way of encouraging families to visit libraries and promoting the many positive activities available there for children.
To find out more about the scheme, families can call into their local Start Well centre, in Atherton, Platt Bridge, Westfield, Westleigh or Ince. For further information on activities for families in Start Well centres or libraries, go to www.wigan.gov.uk