Canterbury Imagine - Children|Books|Families

WELCOME!

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

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

We affiliate to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and register under-5s in the Canterbury and Midland Road areas of Bradford, plus Looked After Children in the care of Bradford Council.
They receive a FREE, QUALITY, AGE-APPROPRIATE BOOK through the post EVERY MONTH from birth until their 5th birthday. Canterbury Imagine also funds sessions for parents and carers to help them with reading with their children. 

*** LATEST BOOK FIGURES: *** In July 2016, 860 children on Canterbury, 121 looked-after children and 254 in the Midland Road area are receiving free books through the post.

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.

HAVE YOU SEEN US ON BBC LOOK NORTH WITH BRADFORD LITERATURE FESTIVAL? IT WAS AN AMAZING EVENT.  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. THANK YOU.

We are appealing for businesses and individuals to offer sponsorship so we can continue to grow in 2016 - please email us at canterburyimagine@btinternet.com if you can help. We have a little video about our work here:

And have you seen the Children's Commissioner's blog on how early years are at the heart of life chances? Read it here

We celebrated our 3rd birthday on Canterbury in October 2015 with a party at the children's centre.


















Here is the story from the T&A.

NEW! Many thanks to Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust for their generous donation to support our work.


Read all about our latest support from Bradford City Football Club












Our vision is to foster a love of reading among pre-school children because research shows that literacy skills do not just enable educational attainment, they underpin strong family relationships, better health choices and an individual’s capacity (and confidence) to gain employment - Literacy Trust Report.

Take a look at our video click HERE
  
See our progress or make a difference sponsor a child, donate or volunteer.
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 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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