About us and what we do
Canterbury Imagine is an exciting book gifting scheme.
All babies living in the Canterbury area of Bradford and born from 2012 onwards can register. Our Bradford Imagine scheme also funds free books for looked-after children from the Bradford district. Our Midland Road Imagine scheme started to register babies born in 2014 - see our NEWS page for more details.
We have a little video about our work here:
Registered children will receive a FREE BOOK through the post EVERY MONTH. The books will keep coming until their FIFTH BIRTHDAY.
Canterbury Imagine also funds sessions for parents and carers to help them with reading with their children.
This cost-effective scheme aims to boost long-term literacy and enhance parent/child bonding.The help that you give us makes a real difference to the lives of the children that we support.
Canterbury Imagine was set up by Jan Winter. She wanted to set up the project on the Canterbury estate after watching the Poor Kids documentary on BBC TV.
Jan Winter (chair): Jan has lived in the Bradford district since 1989 and brought up a family here. She worked as a journalist and is now a journalism lecturer. Her aim with this scheme remains to improve life chances through literacy. This is an entirely voluntary role for her, and all the other trustees.
Dale Smith: Father and grandfather.
Margaret and he recently celebrated their Golden Wedding. Lives in
Menston. Lord Mayor of Bradford 2012/13. Mother and grandmother were teachers
in Bradford. Father started Shipley Paint and Varnish Co Ltd in 1938 (still a
family business now rebranded as Manor Coating Systems Ltd - MD Patrick Smith).
Passionate about education and communities.
Rachel Kelly (vice-chair): Rachel is Chief Executive of
Reading Matters, a Yorkshire based literacy charity. In addition to being a
trustee of Canterbury Imagine, Rachel is also a nationally elected board
member of ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) and
a member of the steering group for the National Literacy Trust Bradford
Literacy Hub. Her
background is in quality, management and training in the private sector, and
latterly childcare and education. Rachel is passionate about Reading
Matters’ social mission to improve reading skills and motivate children and
young people to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic
readers and is committed to
the work of Canterbury Imagine. She lives in West Yorkshire with her
husband and two daughters and is currently trying to become a runner and a
piano player - not at the same time! Rachel can be found on Twitter @RachelKKelly
Bev George: Headteacher of Strong Close Nursery School and the Lead for the
Airedale & Wharfedale Children’s Centre Cluster. She has been married for 35
years and has two grown-up daughters and four adorable grandchildren, all
living in Bradford.
Having been Executive
Headteacher at Canterbury Nursery School & Centre for Children &
Families for a year Bev has seen first hand the impact this scheme has. As
a trustee she is committed to promoting the work of the charity and making a
difference to the lives of young children and their families.