Letterbox Club launched in Scotland

Posted by er134 at Apr 08, 2014 09:45 AM |
University of Leicester-founded project success

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 April 2014

With over a decade of success the Letterbox Club continues to grow, and on 3 April 2014, the Letterbox Club was officially launched in Scotland.

The event took place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, and speakers included Scottish author, Lari Don, whose book Little Red Riding Hood is included in the Letterbox parcels this year, Rose Griffiths, Founder of Letterbox and Dr Andy Hancock and Dr Moira Leslie from the University of Edinburgh who have worked on the evaluation of the Scotland pilot. The event included a short film of children and carers speaking about their experience of the programme, introduced by broadcaster Lorraine Kelly.

The Letterbox Club, a programme managed by Booktrust in partnership with the University of Leicester, aims to provide enjoyable educational support for looked-after children aged 5-13. The programme is available on a subscription basis and each child enrolled by participating local authorities is sent a parcel of books, maths activities, stationery and other materials once every month for six months, from May to October.

Rose Griffiths said:  "We're very pleased to have the chance to show how much children and foster carers value being part of the Letterbox Club - and how much it helps children with their reading and mathematics.”

View a film of the launch here: http://www.letterboxclub.org.uk/news-views-and-press/news/156/

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Notes to editors:

Please contact Rose Griffiths on rnag1@leicester.ac.uk

If you would like to find out more about the event, please contact Leanne Cobb.

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-blogs/news/268

Background information here:

http://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2013/june/letterbox-club2019s-10th-anniversary-celebrated-in-video

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/pdf-files/posted-on-ebulletin-september/Letterbox%20Club%20Evaluation.PDF

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2013/june/award-winning-scheme-for-children-in-care-to-celebrate-10th-anniversary

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