Talking Together in Cambridgeshire - funding outcomes
We are working with people from the communities who are keen to support children and their families to achieve better outcomes in terms of language and literacy development. If you haven’t met with us yet but you would like to, please do let us know.
We are keen to support local people to build on their own capacity to meet the needs of those living in their communities. Therefore, funding has been made available for local community groups from each of the project areas to set up activities which meet one of the projects aims.
The key aims of the project are to:
- Improve parental awareness, knowledge and confidence of their role as primary educator in supporting their child’s language and literacy development, in order to improve in the home learning environment (children aged 0-6).
- Increase the awareness, knowledge and confidence of the Early Years workforce in identifying and supporting communication, language and literacy development of children.
- To increase the awareness, knowledge and confidence of local community and county-wide organisations and Partners (e.g. speech and language therapy, health visitors, GPs, housing officers, midwives, children’s centre staff, library staff, Job Centre Plus and voluntary sector organisations) in identifying and supporting children, parents/carers and wider community members, with language and literacy needs.
Funding bid award news
We are delighted to announce that the following projects have received Talking Together in Cambridgeshire grant funding awards:
Helping Adults Learn to Read - Read Easy Cambridge
Read Easy will recruit & train 24 volunteer coaches from across NE Cambridge City to support adults from our project reach area who want to learn to read on a one to one basis. The Read Easy team will also visit each new Reading Pair once a month & hold a get together for volunteer coaches four times a year.
Talking Together - The Kings Hedges Family Support Project (KHFSP), Playlanders Playgroup & The Meadows Children & Family Wing
KHFSP will be collaborating with Playlanders Playgroup & The Meadows Children & Family Wing to develop a series of borrowing boxes containing story sacks, puppets, story cards & books. The boxes will be managed by parent volunteers and shared with families attending groups run by the project team in NE Cambridge City. Storytelling workshops for staff & parents will also be provided so that methods of reading & talking about stories with children can be modelled, embedding knowledge about how to support children’s early communication & language skills.
The Travelling Book Nook - Huntingdon Community Action Projects
Huntingdon Community Action Projects will visit five established voluntary community groups based in Huntingdon on a weekly basis to provide relaxed & fun picture book-based activities for parents & young children. The project aims to develop parents’ knowledge of, & enthusiasm for picture books; developing a deeper understanding of how these can be shared with children using the principles of serve & return. Once established, the team intends to work in partnership with Hinchingbrooke Park to run two story sessions from the park.
Early Years Treasure Chest - Ramsey Rural Museum
Ramsey Rural Museum will create a Treasure Chest loan box specifically aimed at children aged 0-5. The box will contain artefacts from across the museum & a set of tools for children to investigate the novel objects at close quarters. The objects will be specifically chosen for children to handle & examine with a magnifying glass, shine a torch on it, etc. The box will be taken into early years settings & childminders across March, Chatteris & Huntingdon. Museum staff will also provide each setting visited with a photo storybook to keep, share & talk about together.
Literacy Treasures from Parson Drove Pre-school
Parson Drove Pre-school will collaborate with Murrow Pre-school, Stepping Stones Pre-school and Ladybird Day Nursery to raise awareness of the importance of good quality interactions with children. This work will involve staff development in terms of training in the delivery of Helicopter Stories as well as attending the ICAN Early Talk Boost course. Gorefield Pre-school & Wisbech St Mary Pre-school will also access the training & the resources. Settings will encourage local communities to get involved with communication & literacy development through their Peeping Pebbles project & will also offer literacy-based workshops for families that attend the settings. Additionally, the settings involved intend to replenish their Chattersacks & Babblesacks for families to use.
Team Talk from Cambridge United Community Trust
Team Talk is based on a series of six interactive sessions designed to provide parents with opportunities to share books with their children. While guidance on how to maximise the benefits of shared reading will be available from staff, parents will also be given the opportunity to share their tips for shared reading. The sessions will be incorporated into the framework of the existing Baby & Toddler groups run from the Abbey Stadium on a fortnightly basis. A small-scale library will run alongside which will be available to those accessing the group.
We are very excited about these projects and look forward to working with each of them in communities across our reach area. If you’d like to get involved with any of the projects mentioned above, please let us know. We will let you know details of other funding awards as soon as they have been approved.
Under section 10 of the Children Act 2004 the County Council has a responsibility to promote inter-agency cooperation to improve the welfare of children. One way we do this is to co-ordinate community based projects such as the Community Literacy Project. As you are a partner in this project, we are keeping your contact details so that we can let you know about the progress of the project.
We will not share your details with anyone outside the project group. If at any time you no longer wish to be part of, or hear about the project please let us know and we will remove you from the project communication list. If you wish to read the Council’s Privacy Notice, it can be viewed here: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/privacy-statement/privacy-notice/.