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New books to get families reading

A COMMUNITY group which provides support to disadvantaged families in town have been given a bumper load of new books thanks to the local housing association, LiveWest. 

Purple Elephant, who run a variety of services in town such as the Toy Library, Small Steps, the befriending service, as well as family activities in school holidays and the Frome Children’s Festival were given £200 in book vouchers by LiveWest in the hope that having new books will help spark children’s enthusiasm for reading. 

Sue Willis From Purple Elephant Frome said, “Books are a great way to fire up children’s imaginations and to teach them about the world around us. They can also provide support and reassurance for children who are struggling with the challenges of the past couple of years, providing an escape from worries and activities to develop self-esteem. 

“Last year we delivered activity packs to children who were struggling with their mental health and we’re hoping to offer that support again, including uplifting storybooks and wellbeing activity books for children who need a helping hand. Thank you so much to LiveWest for enabling us to reach out to more children.” 

LiveWest, the largest housing provider in the South West has donated nearly £1,500 worth of book tokens for community groups across Somerset.  

Shona Stone, Community Connector for LiveWest, added, “Books are a fantastic way to feed children’s imaginations. We understand the importance of children being able to read and wanted to play a part in addressing the issue where a lack of funding can be a barrier to some children getting new books. 

“As a leading housing association, LiveWest can make a real difference to families and the community who have been hit hard by the impact of lockdowns, rising living costs and impacts to education. 

“Giving back to our communities is a vital part of the work we do, and we are absolutely delighted to be able to provide the book tokens in our communities where we have homes which will make a positive difference to the children.” 

Pictured right: Purple Elephant Small Steps session with Sarah Banks Frome Toy Library lead.

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