British Land has also doubled its annual donation to Shelter to £50,000 to support its helpline, which has seen a sharp rise in calls from people worried about their jobs and homes as a result of the virus.
British Land Pride Alliance
Here at Teesside Park, we are also proud to work with our parent company British Land in advocating equality, opportunity, and support for LGBT+ inclusion, through their Pride Alliance. This year we're supporting School Diversity Week 2020 from June 22nd, with our charity partner Just Like Us. It’s a week designed commencing 22nd June 2020, to support young people, by celebrating LGBTQ+ diversity and equality in education. While many students are still at home (or even in the school holidays) there are still lots of ways to get involved. Parents, carers, and educators can find out more here: https://www.justlikeus.org/sdw
National Literacy Trust
Thrilled to be donating hundreds of children's books to local families
In July we were thrilled to gift bundles of popular children’s books and engaging activity booklets to local charity Little Sprouts Health and Wellbeing to support families in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Three hundred children’s books have been shared with local families, including Gargantis by Thomas Taylor and Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, along with free activity booklets filled with fun and educational worksheets based on familiar fictional characters such as Alex Rider, Judy Moody and Maisy Mouse.
Debbie Fixter from Little Sprouts Health and Wellbeing said: “It’s been great to watch so many of our local families get excited about the activity booklets and choosing brand new books to take home. This has really meant a lot to us and we know just how much of a difference they will make to children in our local area.”
Recent research from the National Literacy Trust reveals that children who own their own books are happier. Yet, 1 in 11 children and young people in the UK don’t have a book of their own at home. With many children not attending school due to Covid-19, this project aims to help tackle the problem and give local families brand-new books and educational materials.
Catherine Furlong, centre director at Teesside Park, added: “Encouraging children to love to read and giving them access to their own books is so important, especially at this particularly difficult time. We’re really pleased to be able to continue to work with the National Literacy Trust to support amazing local organisations such Little Sprouts Health and Wellbeing.”
Jonathan Douglas, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust, said: “Books have the power to enrich children’s lives – they fuel imaginations, help children learn new things and support mental wellbeing. Yet hundreds of thousands of children across the UK are missing out on these benefits at a time when they need them most, simply because they don’t have a book of their own. By bringing the magical world of stories into children’s homes through brand new books, activity booklets and incredible storytelling videos, this initiative will provide much needed inspiration and comfort during a time of uncertainty.”
Young Readers Story Club
We’re excited to invite you to the Young Readers Story Club which we’ve created in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. It’s a collection of exciting videos for children to enjoy, starting with inspirational tales of self-esteem. See this and the rest of the free video collection on the National Literacy Trust website.