If you were passing by the community room at Elphinstone Road Housing Department Block on a Thursday afternoon, you would likely see a big ‘BOOKWORMS’ banner and hear the low murmur of children reading aloud.
Bookworms is a joint community/church initiative run in partnership between St Paul’s South Coogee and Anglican Aid. Bookworms aims to improve the literacy of K-6 children living in public housing in the South Coogee area.
Volunteers give children one-one-one reading time, generally in two 20 minute sessions, as well as facilitating games that improve literacy and communication such as Bananagrams, Upwords and Uno. Long-term relationships with the volunteers enable children to practice reading and develop literacy skills in a safe and friendly environment.
Nerida Zhao from St Paul’s Anglican Church co-ordinates the group with the help of lots of volunteers. People involved say they love coming to Bookworms because the kids are so great. “They have fun, but they work hard at their reading too. It’s really satisfying to see them improve.”
Direct Deposit donations can be made to our bank account BSB 032078, Account Number 253493, Account Name: Anglican Aid. Please email the office with details of your donation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheques can be posted to – PO Box Q190, QVB Post Office, 1230, NSW.
All donations are tax deductible.
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- Give thanks for the volunteers who have assisted with this program for many years and the opportunity the church has to support people living in a distant public housing estate.
- Give thanks for Housing NSW making the Community Room available for this project and for many partnerships including with South Coogee Public School, UNSW and local tenants.
- Pray for activities designed to assist families support their children develop literacy skills.
- Pray for various training including Safe Ministry training for all volunteers and the establishment of one to one reading for children.