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Sanctuary shares the love of reading


Published by Natasha Jones for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities

Youth club worker receiving books Youth club worker receiving books

Sanctuary Housing celebrated the annual World Book Night event by sharing the joy of reading and giving out nearly one hundred free books to Hackney residents.

Run by national charity The Reading Agency, World Book Night sees passionate volunteers across the UK come together to encourage people to read.

Members of staff at Sanctuary Housing were keen to get involved and become community givers, registering to receive some of the 20 titles that were on offer. 

Rivers of London, a hilarious adventure that shows the reader London as they’ve never seen it before, and Confessions of a GP, a witty insight into the life of a GP, were given out to residents at the Kingsmead over 40s club.

Hello Mum, a short but perfectly formed story about what’s it like to be young, was given out to younger residents at the local youth clubs.

Jo Revett, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “When I heard about World Book Night and the free books that were on offer I really wanted to get involved.

“This is a great way to share the love of reading with our community in Hackney. I hope the books will be inspiring to young and old.”

Daniel, aged 12 and a Sanctuary resident, said: “The book looks really interesting and informative and deals with issues we discuss at youth club.”

Leah, also a resident aged 10 added: “We did a play about something similar at youth club and this book will fit in with other plays we’re going to perform. I’m looking forward to reading it.”

Held on the symbolic date of April 23, the birth and death day of William Shakespeare, the World Book Night event aims to place a book in the hands of the 35 per cent of the population who do not read.

Sanctuary Housing manages over 9,000 properties in the London and South East region. Residents who want to know more can visit or follow on Twitter @hellosanctuary.


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