Canterbury Imagine - Children|Books|Families
WELCOME

We are a registered charity and our registration number is 1149832.

Bradford Chamber of Commerce President's charity 2017-8

Check out our Christmas fundraiser here

We celebrated our 5th birthday with a party - read more here



Canterbury Imagine is a literacy charity. We believe literacy is a way out of poverty.

Our book-gifting charity registers under-5s in the Canterbury and Midland Road areas of Bradford.

They receive a FREE, HIGH QUALITY, AGE-APPROPRIATE BOOK through the post EVERY MONTH from birth until their 5th birthday.


We do this by affiliating to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Canterbury Imagine also works with children's centres and others to help parents and carers with reading with their children. 
This cost-effective scheme aims to boost long-term literacy and life chances, and enhance parent/child bonding. It only costs £25 a year per child to receive 12 free books.

CHECK OUR NEWS PAGE FOR LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WE ARE UP TO IN 2017.

*** LATEST BOOK FIGURES *** In December 2017, 792 children in the Canterbury area of Bradford will receive free books through the post.
We have also had a total of 203 'graduates' - children who have had their 5th birthday and graduated from us!
There are also 170 children in the Canterbury catchment (in Little Horton ward) who are now part of the Better Start Bradford scheme, which was set up after the success of Canterbury Imagine.
In November 2017, 460 children in the Midland Road area of Manningham are also receiving free books.
And 187 Looked After Children, in the care of Bradford Council, will be receiving books into their foster homes.

*NEW* for 2017 Email canterburyimagine@btinternet.com for a copy of our IMPACT REPORT.

July 2017 - we worked with two national charities who donated 200 books as Eid presents for children at Midland Road nursery  - read more on our NEWS page.

This fantastic feature in The Big Issue in the North really captures what we do. Have a read here.

Have you seen us on BBC Look North with Bradford Literature Festival? Watch it here
Please check out the film and click on the 'DONATE' page to give a monthly direct debit to sponsor books for a child every month. Thank you. 

Can YOU help? We are appealing for businesses and individuals to offer sponsorship so we can continue to grow in 2017 - please email us at canterburyimagine@btinternet.com if you can help. We have a little video about our work here:


The Little Horton ward of Bradford, which includes Canterbury, has been among the 20 most deprived wards in the country.
 
Canterbury Imagine offers the opportunity to get lovely books into the home of every under five in Canterbury, Bradford, and the Midland Road area of  Manningham, boosting long-term literacy and enhancing parent child bonding.
 
The Canterbury estate
 
Canterbury Imagine is affiliated to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
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