Warrington & Vale Royal College encourages students, staff and carers alike to join in with the annual celebration of reading event, World Book Night.
Tonight (April 23rd) sees the annual World Book Night event where nationally, people are encouraged to pick up a book to join in with #ReadingHour between 7-8pm in a collective celebration of reading and sharing stories. The event has been created by The Reading Agency, a charity which aims to promote reading and literacy in all ages. In these uncertain times, this event aims to bring the nation together and offer a chance to escape the stresses of self-isolation. The Reading Agency’s Debbie Hicks comments: “This year’s World Book Night celebrations provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the proven power of connecting people through reading. Never has this connectivity been needed more than at this anxious time of social distancing. #ReadingHour will bring individuals, friends and families together to connect a nation in self isolation, whilst also stimulating learning, creativity and providing escapism and relief.”
According to the Reading Agency, 36% of people in England do not read regularly, despite reading being a globally recognised indicator in benefitting a huge range of social issues from poverty through to mental health. Most worryingly, 1 in 6 adults struggle to read and the Reading Agency aims to tackle adult literacy, mental health and social isolation through the power of reading.
The college has enjoyed a close partnership with the Reading Agency and LiveWire libraries. WVR students participate in the Reading Agency scheme ‘Reading Ahead’. This national reading scheme invites participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a personal reading diary. After completing their diary they receive a certificate of achievement. Students involved in the scheme have found it is beneficial in many ways, such as seeing a great improvement in reading, spelling and writing skills, a way to relax and de-stress, improved concentration, better sleep and discovering more about the world. A recent Reading Ahead survey has gathered a host of positive feedback including, “It takes me to another, better place and allows me to escape the current situation for a while.”
The college hopes to see everyone participating in #ReadingHour tonight, before we join the nation in the weekly Clap For Our Carers celebration.
For information on reading at Warrington & Vale Royal College, please contact Bethan Bligh on 01925 494422.