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Sanctuary Housing helping to turn pages in the South West

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Published by Sophie Middleton for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities, Housing

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Sanctuary Housing celebrated the joy of reading by supporting a series of page-turning events in Torbay, to mark national awareness event World Book Night.

As part of the annual awareness event run by The Reading Agency, a charity setup to help people become confident and enthusiastic readers, the national housing provider shared the love of reading throughout the local area by supporting three booktastic events.

Sanctuary Housing donated handfuls of best-selling books and well-known children’s novels to a number of local community centres and invited local residents to join in and discover their hidden passion for reading with a South West tour.

The World Book Night tour had something for all ages to enjoy, and Torbay’s reading enthusiasts came out in force to attend.

Aspiring adult readers turned pages at a sophisticated Cheese and Wine evening and a good old-fashioned biscuit, tea and book afternoon.

For the younger bookworm generation, Sanctuary Housing joined forces with popular youth group Mini Roc to host a Mini Roc Book Day. Youngsters, aged between 5 and 10 years of age, jumped into character of their favourite children’s novels.

Sanctuary Housing staff became community givers and donated the popular titles to three community groups who organised the page-turning events - Prince Charles Court, Hele’s Angels and Great Parks Community Centre.

Chris Forster, Hele's Angels’ neighbourhood manager, said: “We are thrilled that we took part in Sanctuary’s World Book Night tour and many of our local residents in the Hele neighbourhood joined in.

“We are very grateful for the books that Sanctuary Housing donated in partnership with World Book Night. Residents were able to pop into our community centre throughout the day to thoroughly enjoy the new reads.”

Alison Kenny, Sanctuary’s head of partnerships, said: “We are over-the-moon that we managed to secure so many books through World Book Night and in turn support many community centres and residents in the local area.

“World Book Night is a fantastic awareness event. Sanctuary is always looking for different ways to support our residents and what better way in doing that than inspiring people to come together and pick up a book.”

World Book Night is about encouraging those who have lost the love of reading to start turning pages. The awareness event aims to target the 35 per cent of people in the UK that do not read regularly. To find out more about World Book Night visit, www.worldbooknight.org/

Sanctuary Housing manages over 11,000 properties in the South West region. Residents who want to know more can visit www.sanctuary-housingsouthwest.co.uk or follow on Twitter @hellosanctuary.

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