Children’s literacy programme at newly refurbished community centre

Children's author Jude Lennon pictured with Sharon Jardine, one of the director's of the Rhys Jones Community Centre Community Interest Company
A NEW literacy programme is to be developed for families in the Croxteth area following the reopening of the new Rhys Jones Community Centre. Liverpool-based children’s author and storyteller Jude Lennon, of Little Lamb Tales, has agreed to deliver the new literacy-based activities which will focus on reading and writing with families. She is also hoping to deliver a creative writing workshop for youngsters interested in developing their own story-writing skills. Miss Lennon, who is the Disney Winnie the Pooh Laureate for the North West and an Amazon Bestseller, said the programme details were not yet fully finalised but she was looking forward to working with children and families in the area. Speaking after the official re-opening of the community centre, she said: “I was delighted to take part in the re-opening of the Rhys Jones Community Centre. The day was packed with activities for all ages and the storytelling sessions attracted young and old alike. “The event really brought everyone together and this is the vision the team have for the centre going forward. “We have been in talks about developing a range of literacy based activities for families to encourage reading and writing and we are currently finalising a programme which we can deliver to local families. “The sessions will include storytelling and music for younger children and their parents and we very much hope to be able to hold a workshop for older children who are interested in writing and want to develop their own creative writing skills. “The new team behind the centre work incredibly hard to make sure the entire community is catered for and there is a fantastic programme of activities already available for all ages. I’m really excited about becoming more involved and working in partnership to deliver these literacy activities – it should be really good fun.” Sharon Jardine, who is one of the directors of the Rhys Jones Community Centre Community Interest Company, added: “Our aim at the centre is to make it the hub of the community, attracting people of all ages. “We want to work with the community from the cradle to the grave as it used to be known in community development work, offering everything from youth projects and community activities to luncheon clubs and tea dances for pensioners and everything in between. “We are already in the process of setting up positive partnerships in the local area with the council with regards to intergenerational work using the Female Pay Back Team and young teenagers to work alongside pensioners on hanging baskets for the community. “We also in talks with private businesses and we are thrilled that Jude, who already runs a fabulous range of storytelling sessions and workshops for children and young people across the city, has agreed to help us develop and deliver a programme of literary events. There will be something for all ages and we can’t wait to start running these at the centre.” Miss Lennon, who has written  eight children’s books and is a member of Team Author UK, is set to publish her latest book Floga with Flossie next month. For more information visit the website www.littlelambpublishing.co.uk.