Books bring smiles - and awards - thanks to University lecturer

Posted by pt91 at Oct 07, 2011 10:45 AM |
The Letterbox Club project, founded by a University of Leicester lecturer, has earned national recognition for its work with disadvantaged children.

Rose Griffiths, who lectures in our School of Education, started the Letterbox Club in 2003 as a project to send books, games and stationery to looked-after children. The project has gone from strength to strength, and now partners with Booktrust to send book parcels to over 4,500 children in care.

Now the project has won a prestigious Third Sector Excellence Award, which recognises outstanding charitable and social enterprise activities. Book parcels sent by the Letterbox Club, in partnership with Fostering Network Northern Ireland, have helped fostered children improve their reading and writing skills. Children in care often fall behind at school, and joining the Letterbox Club helps fostered children catch up with their peers as well as building up a collection of books and games.

Rose Griffiths expressed her delight at the success of the project, and praised foster carers for their work with looked-after children. The award was presented at a ceremony in London on 28 September.

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