Canterbury Imagine - Children|Books|Families
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.

Our trustees:

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.

This is such a cost-effective scheme.
It costs less than £125 for one child's books from birth until five - and they would have 60 books of their own. A donation of just £2 a month pays for one child’s books.
Our aim is to enable every under five on the Canterbury estate and in the Midland Road area of Manningham to have access to their own ‘library’ of books.
Canterbury Imagine aims to improve literacy and life chances, and to encourage bonding between parent and child, by providing books and fostering a love of reading.
Canterbury Nursery School and Centre for Children and Families and Midland Road Nursery School and Children's Centre help parents to register their children.

Starting with the Canterbury estate, our long-term goal is to see this initial scheme replicated in six areas of Bradford served by children’s centres.
This is the 100th baby registered with the scheme:
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