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It has been a happy new year in January, with a grant from 
Unwin Charitable Trust and more than £1,100 from the Bradford Chamber dinner - we are the Chamber President Nick Garthwaite's joint charity of the year. Thanks to all who attended the dinner and gave so generously.


November: We celebrated our 5th birthday with a fab party > read more here

July: We are thrilled to have been chosen as the Bradford Chamber of Commerce President's Charity of the Year for 2017-18. Thank you to the new President, Nick Garthwaite, of Cristeyn's.

July: Children at Midland Road nursery school and children's centre (see pic below) were each given a free book as an Eid present at Eid parties. The books came from THE SIOBHAN DOWD TRUST and GIVE A BOOK, two small charities which were set up by two authors for the proceeds of their work to fund book-giving projects with the aim of helping children and adults enjoy reading. Read more here

July: Long-read piece in the Independent about our work here

June: Latest coverage of our impact report in the Telegraph & Argus - we were also part of their comment piece on the importance of early literacy. Have a read here

May: Fantastic blog from children's author and illustrator Petr Horacek about his return visit to Canterbury children's centre. He visited last year in partnership between us and Bradford Literature Festival and inspired children, families and staff! Read his blog here

11 January: Sad news that Little Horton ward in Bradford (where our Canterbury scheme operates) has the highest childhood deprivation levels in the district. We are really glad we can work here as literacy is a way out of poverty. Read the report here

January: Big thanks to Unwin Charitable Trust for their generous donation. It really helps so many children. 


December: Thanks for all your donations for our November fundraiser - we smashed our £500 target. 

December: We were shortlisted in the Telegraph & Argus Community Stars awards - we didn't win but thanks for all your votes and publicity was great. Read more about the awards here

November: We have had to put our scheme for Looked After Children on hold at the moment while we try to sort out how the local authority is managing the registrations. We hope it will be up and running again quickly - email us if you can help this scheme in any way.

We have had a very busy October! Thanks to those who donated to our bucket collection at Tesco Express on Manningham Lane before the Bradford City game on 22 October.

October: Our 4th birthday party at Canterbury children's centre was a huge success. Read about it in the Telegraph & Argushere

September: This lovely feature in The Big Issue in the North really captures what we do. Have a read here. We know you will enjoy it!

August: Read about our 1,000th registration here in the Telegraph & Argus.

August  - Huge thanks to the fab Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust for the grant.

July - Many thanks to the Brelms Trust which has given us a grant for three years!

May - We worked in a partnership with Bradford Literature Festival to bring authors to the children's centres.  HAVE YOU SEEN US ON BBC LOOK NORTH? IT WAS AN AMAZING EVENT.  Watch it 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

Read all about our 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
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.

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Contact Scheme Founder Jan Winter. Click here.
News Archive
Here is the latest press coverage about our 3rd birthday party and the success we are having with the scheme so far.

And check out our latest support from the wonderful Bradford City Football Club for their support and for considering our new sponsorship scheme which means they can register their own children for books while also sponsoring another child in the area.

We won a Bronze Award at a special ceremony  in the Sovereign Health Care Good All Round awards at the National Media Museum. Take a look HERE.


Looks like our 500th registration, Subhan, has got the hang of looking at books already!

In June 2014, Canterbury Imagine trustees met the rather wonderful Dolly Parton, who started the imagination library scheme which we use to deliver free books to under-fives! We are celebrating being part of the Better Start Bradford scheme, which has gained Lottery funding for ten years and will mean thousands of Bradford children in some of the more deprived areas of the city will receive free books.
Dolly looks pleased!

April 2014

OUR NEW MIDLAND ROAD IMAGINE SCHEME HAS JUST LAUNCHED. The gorgeous Nicola Rees, from BBC Look North, joined babies and families for our launch party:

Read about the new scheme in the Yorkshire Post, too:

November 2013
Canterbury Imagine has won a bronze award in the Sovereign Health 'Good All Round Awards'. This generous award means that we can provide books for more of Bradford's looked after children.

October 2013
We have just registered our 190th baby on the Canterbury Imagine scheme and we are sending out books to almost 40 looked after children from Bradford.
Summer 2013
Many thanks to staff at the DWP on Leeds Road, Bradford, who had a dress down day and raffle at work and raised more than £200 for us. You stars!
March 2013
Read about our 100th baby here and look at the gorgeous photo! Click HERE.
29 January 2013
We have just updated our database with new registrations. We are now sending quality books to 81 children every month. Fantastic!
14 January 2013
Did you see us on BBC Look North tonight? Thanks to Louise, our lovely mum, who was interviewed. Will try to add a link when I get one. We will have a JustGiving link soon, but if you wish to donate, please email us at
11 January 2013
We hope the children we have registered are having a happy new year with the delivery of their lovely books. We have sent books to 69 children this month - and numbers are growing every month.
If you live on Canterbury and have a baby born in 2012 or 2013, email me or contact the children's centre to register them.
1 December 2012
A 1950s-themed fundraising event at Scoops ice cream parlour in Saltaire raised more than £300! Thanks to everyone involved. The diner's 50s-style deco was pefect for this fun family night.
22 November 2012
We are delighted to announce that we have been recognised by the Charity Commission and we are now a registered charity. Our charity registration number is 1149832. See here for more details.
5 November 2012
We will be registering babies born in 2012 at a family fun day on Canterbury on Saturday, 10 November, from 12.30pm. See here for more details.
18 October 2012
Here's our latest exciting news about becoming a charity with a donation and support from Dunlop Heywood. We have now registered 48 children on the scheme. Click here.
28 September 2012
Thanks to the lovely families who came along to our launch event and registered their babies for books. It was such fun, we're planning another party in a few months! Thanks to Leeds Trinity University College for the sponsorship. Here's a story they wrote about the event. Click here.
18 September 2012
Parents with babies born in 2012 are invited to our launch event on Friday, 21 Sept, 1pm at Canterbury children's centre. They can register their babies and receive their first book. There will be children's entertainment, some freebies and a big cake too! See you there!
14 September 2012
The wonderful Dunlop Heywood, which is offering business support, has offered a donation to Canterbury Imagine for every new follower on Twitter. So if you are into all that, please follow them on @DunlopHeywood. Check out this story; click here.
14 August 2012
Jan has been outed as a 50-something and thanked family and friends for generous donations to Canterbury Imagine at her birthday party! Read all about it here.
8 August 2012
Organisers of the Comedy Club 4 Kids event in Bingley in September have kindly donated two tickets for the show which we are using for fundraising. Email if you would have a use for these tickets, too. Check out coverage of this event and donationhere.
25 July 2012
Some good coverage in the Yorkshire Post after we gratefully received a grant of £1,000 from the Scurrah Wainwright Charity. Check it out here:
23 July 2012
Canterbury Imagine Launch party to be held on 21 September.
9th July 2012
Leeds Trinity University College has agreed to sponsor the launch event for Canterbury Imagine, which will be held in September. Many thanks to the university. Details of the date and times to follow soon.
28th June 2012
We have registered our first 22 children - lovely books will be with them soon! Really exciting - and check out this piece from the Telegraph & Argus:
20 June 2012
We will be registering the first few families as a test registration from today, which is so exciting.  Books will be on their way to them in August before a launch of the full scheme in September.
Canterbury Imagine on the BBC
Did you spot this on the BBC website, when the scheme was featured on Sunday Politics? Watch here.
12 June 2012
We are really excited about setting up the Imagination Library on Canterbury after a meeting with the Lord Mayor, Councilor Dale Smith, Councilor Ralph Berry, portfolio holder for children's services in Bradford, and Natalie Turnbull, regional director for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
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