On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day! At the start of the week we launched a competition to win a Jellycat Coral Cutie. To be in with a chance of winning, our customers on social media had to tag us in a post of their child in their Wold Book Day outfit. The lucky winner was picked out of a hat on Friday evening (the fairest way to judge such a tight competition!) We are pleased to share that a little girl dressed as Amelia Earhart was our winner.

We thought that World Book day was an opportune time to begin to share the community work that all of us Magpies get involved with. Over the coming weeks and months we will be sharing an insight into what we all get involved with, some more crazier than others! Today we will share with you the volunteering Catherine gets involved with every week.

Here is what Catherine has had to say about her community work:
‘I have been a volunteer for the ‘Tameside Loves Reading ‘ scheme for almost a year. The scheme aims to encourage a love and enthusiasm for books and reading among Tameside children and families. As part of the scheme I spend an hour a week at St. Paul’s Primary School in Stalybridge, listening to individual children read and playing games with them to improve their literacy skills. Being a former teacher, I am passionate about improving reading outcomes for all children. It’s great being able to give something back to the local community, with the full support of Liz and the whole team at Magpies Nest.’

 

Rachel Capel, a teacher from St Paul’s added, ‘The ‘Tameside Loves Reading’ Volunteer Scheme has made such a difference to the children of St. Paul’s C.E Primary School. Time spent, one to one, with a dedicated adult has had a big impact on attitudes, reading fluency and understanding of the text. Catherine has been a fantastic, highly skilled volunteer and we are so lucky to have her!’

Stay tuned for more of our community work.