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British Land have announced a £500,000 investment in children’s reading over the next three years. You can read the full article here on the National Literacy website.

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British Land are a major european company who invest in building projects. Their work with the National Literacy Trust recognises the enormously important impact that children reading for pleasure has on communities and children’s welfare. It supports their belief that it is important to build community spirit and one way to strengthen it is to invest in fun ways to support children’s reading.

The Young Readers programme aims to support thousands of young readers with a range of activities from craft workshops around books and themed reading, events with professional story tellers and helping children to find ways to make good choices in terms of books they might enjoy. Each child who takes part in the activities will be given free books of their own to keep.

The project will roll out across 45 different UK based sites, in schools as well as in premises and on land owned by British Land retailers.

The project will reach about four and a half thousand young readers in the UK over the next three years.

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