Last week, Keele SU volunteers were involved in a Community project in conjunction with the Keele Deal and the National Literacy Trust, based at the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce. This was a refreshing and perfect example of effective partnership working with a positive outcome for our local residents, benefiting a number of local charities and Community groups.
The National Literacy Trust received a very generous donation of 10,000 brand new publications from HarperCollins Book publishers. The target recipients would be from disadvantaged groups in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, where literacy and reading levels tend to be considerably lower than national averages, and access to quality reading materials limited. The donation included children’s books, comics, teen material and books for adults; in fact, there was something for every age and ability, offering shared opportunities to discover the joy of books and the enjoyment of stories as a leisure activity.
On Monday 14th March, volunteers from Keele University Law department, CLOCK (Legal outreach team) and the Keele Women's Law Society, coordinated by Director of Legal Outreach, Jane Krishnadas, received, unpacked and sorted out this huge donation and shared them between the different charities and age groups. Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce supported the project by providing the socially-distanced space, the tables and the tea.
Lois Bateman, Project Manager from the National Literacy Trust and Stoke Story Quest, said of the Student Volunteers, “they were incredible. Each student volunteer worked so hard and there is no way we could have managed the success of this quest without them. It was a lovely opportunity and this has been so well received by all the charities that this project has supported. Thank you to all of you.”
This partnership arrangement then saw Keele SU volunteers distribute the books around the City, with donations being made to The Gingerbread Centre, ASHA refugee and asylum seeker support, Catherine Court Young Parents project, Etruria and Shelton Matters, Glow, SAVANA, the Honeycombe Group, Open Door homeless breakfasts and support, Port Vale hub, Ruff and Ruby, West End Community Centre and Cafe, and many other local organisations.
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