Well, everyone knows I love books don’t they? And what better way to celebrate my love of the written word than to take part in #WorldBookNight and share my love of books with others!
Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health.
World Book Night is a national celebration of reading that takes place every year on the 23rd of April and it is run by the Reading Agency. Organisations can sign up to participate and they pledge to distribute their allocated books to groups and individuals whose may not regularly read or whose access to books is limited.
World Book Night brings together a powerful collaboration of national partners – publishers, printers, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations – to inspire more people to read. Volunteers within organisations, businesses and communities share their love of reading by giving out books to people who don’t read for pleasure or own books. Events up and down the country celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives.
Because everything changes when we read.
I work for Ceartas, a local charity, providing independent advocacy across East Dunbartonshire and we work with individuals over the age of 16, whose circumstances make them vulnerable.
Independent Advocacy is quite simply working alongside individuals or groups and supporting them to have their voice heard, to be involved in decisions affecting their lives and to ensure they have accessible information to help them make an informed choice and to be aware of their rights.
We also work with people who use our services through our user involvement programme, encouraging them to tell their stories and to talk about what matters most to them which hopefully influences and informs decision makers when designing and delivering services. Having a voice is important to each and every one of us, no matter our circumstances. Last year along with The Scottish Book Trust we ran a creative writing workshop for our service users which looked at ways in which we can all tell our stories no matter what communication difficulties you may have and who knows, maybe one day we will even publish our own book!
To find out more about Ceartas and Independent Advocacy then click below:
For many of the individuals and their carers that we work with, reading may not always be something that they get the opportunity, or are encouraged to do for many different reasons and so I am delighted, that once again this year, Ceartas has participated in World Book night, distributing over 160 copies of “The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old” to a number of organisations across the local authority:
- Working Matters
- Carers Link
- East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action
- Whitefield Nursing Lodge
- Armadale Ward
- Whitehill Day Care
- William Patrick Library
- Low Moss Prison
Here are just a few pictures of books being distributed for #WorldBookNight across the area!
Happy reading everyone!
Roll on #WorldBookNight2018