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Young City Reads in Worthing

Wonderful news for the kids of Worthing: four years after the
launch in Brighton and Hove, our Young City Reads project plans to give hours of gripping reading and fun to all the kids in our town.

Many classes have already joined in and are waiting with trepidation to start the adventure on World Book Day, it couldn’t have been any other date, could it? For ten weeks these lucky children will share their reading, receive lots of dazzling free activities and will have a laugh with the absurd situations Fizzlebert Stump gets into.

We are not only talking about schools either, the entire town is working together to make this an even bigger event. We are delighted to say that Worthing libraries are happy to welcome class visits, to talk about the book and see the place where our Fizzlebert ends up, after running away from the circus.

We are really pleased that a place like Worthing, with lots of
young families and a great sense of community has this
teachers, spread the word and let’s fun begin.

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The Pebble Trust Supports Young City Reads

Collected Works CIC are very proud to announce The Pebble Trust as funders for our work with young people. The trust is a charity based in Brighton and Hove, established to provide support for local people and causes. Since 2009, the trust have made donations to local organisations which are involved in education, care, community, heritage and the arts (to name a few).

The Pebble Trust are very generously supporting Young City Reads‘ aim to reach out to new schools. Each year, many schools and young people take part in our ‘Big Read’ – where the same book is read over a ten week period, while bite sized literacy tasks and drawing activities are emailed over each Monday to tie in with the book’s themes. The project has proven to be highly successful in encouraging reluctant readers to engage in texts and creating a connection with characters and boosting creativity inside and outside of the classroom.

With this funding, Young City Reads will be able to reach out to new schools and areas in and around East Sussex to offer more pupils the take part in this free project and achieve Arts Awards in the process.

Once again, we’d like to thank The Pebble Trust and its contributions to a much loved and exciting project.

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Young City Reads to introduce Arts Award Discover

Collected Works have successfully secured investment support from Artswork to embed Arts Award Discover accreditation into our annual Young City Reads initiative.

Arts Award offers young people an inspiring arts journey. Its unique qualification supports young people to develop as artists and art leaders by exploring and improving their creativity, leadership and communication skills. Open to anyone aged up to 25, Arts Award aim to help young people learn to work independently and help to prepare them for further education and employment.

Young City Reads is an annual ‘big read’ for primary school children across Brighton & Hove and beyond. The concept is simple: each year, between March and May, one book, by one author is selected for children and young people to read, explore, discuss and creatively engage with. By embedding Arts Award within this initiative, it will add great value to the project and encourage participation from a wider range of schools and their teachers.

Over time, Collected Works will create and distribute high-quality Arts Award based resources that encourage young people to engage with an arts activity such as shared reading, drama workshops or writing and illustration activities. Throughout the ten weeks of the project, young people can explore connections in the wider context, this can include the work of linked writers and creatives working during a similar period and sharing these findings and knowledge with other schools and each other.

Furthermore, Collected Works will be able to use Arts Award to strengthen their relationships with current partners Brighton & Hove Libraries, Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd and Root Experience, an arts organisation specialising in drama workshops. By working closely with our friends, we will be able to shape and develop how each stage of Young City Reads can be improved and to ensure activities follow and remain true to the Arts Award goals.

We are incredibly proud to have secured this investment and can’t wait to get started!

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