A record number of people in Manchester have championed reading this year and successfully completed the Reading Ahead challenge.
Almost 2,000 participants of all reading abilities read books, magazines, comics and more. They also recorded, rated and reviewed them in a special diary.
Manchester Reading Ahead has formed a key part of the Read Manchester campaign. Developed by The Reading Agency, the challenge promotes reading for pleasure. It helps local participants get into the habit of reading regularly. Additionally, it builds their reading confidence. This can have a significant impact on their literacy skills and wellbeing.
From April 2017, Manchester Reading Ahead diaries were distributed to a range of organisations across the city. These included children’s centres, Manchester Credit Union, JMW Solicitors, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, the Youth Council and the Prince’s Trust. Manchester College and Manchester Adult Education Service also took part after successfully running the initiative in previous years.
A total of 1,961 diaries were completed, the highest number ever recorded in Manchester.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council, said: “Reading for pleasure can make a big difference to people’s lives and their chances of success, and further improving literacy levels across the city is a key priority for us.”
Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust said: “The reading habits of parents and adult family members have an important impact on children’s attitudes towards books and reading, which are closely linked to their attainment at school.
Manchester Reading Ahead has proven to be a fantastic way to promote positive reading behaviours at home and inspire the whole family to spend time reading together.”
Manchester Reading Ahead is part of a programme of Read Manchester activities to get the city reading and improve literacy levels.
Photo Credit: Manchester City Council