Words Count in North Lincolnshire

One of our health and wellbeing priorities is to increase levels of literacy (reading and writing) for all our communities in North Lincolnshire. Words Count will help us do this. The project aims to improve the levels of literacy for all children and families.

Words Count is driven by the latest research into the importance of reading for pleasure. Children who enjoy reading and can read well by the age of 11 discover a wider range of interests and knowledge, creativity and confidence. Reading unlocks potential and opens possibilities.

Literacy influences everyone in all areas of life. Low literacy in the UK affects chances of getting a job and looking after their health and wellbeing. Visit the Read On Get On website for more information.

Could you be a volunteer reading champion?

Could you volunteer for as little as an hour per week and help to inspire a love of books in children across North Lincolnshire?

The Reading Champion programme is a community partnership between Phillips 66, The North Lincolnshire Children’s Literacy Trust, Words Count and North Lincolnshire Schools to support developing children’s reading engagement and reading skills.

If you can spare and hour a week to volunteer in a North Lincolnshire school we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail childrensliteracytrust@northlincs.gov.uk to register your interest.

 Sense of Place Poetry Anthology

In 2017 Ian McMillan, professional poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster made a special visit to North Lincolnshire. During this visit he penned a poem, inspired by North Lincolnshire, called ‘Open the Book’.

In recognition of his gift to our area, we invited people to take part in the Sense of Place poetry competition. We had an overwhelming response, receiving an array of incredible poems that truly celebrate the best of North Lincolnshire.

Here is a collection of our winners poems. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we do.

In 2017 Ian McMillan, professional poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster made a special visit to North Lincolnshire. During this visit he penned a poem, inspired by North Lincolnshire, called ‘Open the Book’.

In recognition of his gift to our area, we invited people to take part in the Sense of Place poetry competition. We had an overwhelming response, receiving an array of incredible poems that truly celebrate the best of North Lincolnshire.

Here is a collection of our winners poems. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we do.  Download the anthology as a PDF [PDF, 2Mb].

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You will find over 30 videos on our YouTube playlist. These inspiring clips showcase the range of exciting literacy activities taking place across North Lincolnshire.

Here are some highlights:

The Trust, which launched in 2016, inspires children and their parents to develop their literacy skills and raise awareness of the importance of literacy.

The main aims of the Children’s Literacy Trust are:

  • To raise awareness and address North Lincolnshire’s literacy challenge to equip children with literacy skills fit for employment and life
  • Establish literacy programmes, campaigns and partnerships to support and empower North Lincolnshire communities to improve the skills and confidence of those in need of literacy support
  • Work in partnership with schools, the education sector and business and community partners to identify literacy priorities for children, young people and their families and develop a range of approaches to meet local need

The Trust will work alongside the Imagination Library to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in communities, creating a positive literacy culture across North Lincolnshire. Like the North Lincolnshire Children’s Literacy Trust on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

You can support the work of the Trust through Lincs Lotto, a weekly online lottery created to support local good causes. Tickets are only £1 per week, with 60% going to local good causes and prizes worth up to £25,000!

Scunthorpe United Reading Stars

The Scunthorpe United Reading Stars programme is an exciting partnership between Words Count, the National Literacy Trust and Scunthorpe United FC which aims to encourage reluctant readers through their love of support.

If you are a North Lincolnshire School or Academy and would like to get involved, please contact Study Parks on conatctus@studyparks.org.uk or telephone 01724 747686 for more information.

Download the Scunthorpe United Reading Stars case study

Supporter to Reporter

Linking literacy to football, the Supporter to Reporter project helps make positive steps in transforming attitudes to literacy by inspiring a love of reading and writing.

If you are a North Lincolnshire school and would like to get involved, please contact Study Parks on contactus@studyparks.org.uk or telephone 01724 747686 for more information.