The Rotary Club of Nottingham working in partnership with Nottingham City Council started a Dolly Parton Imagination Library earlier this year. Based at the Bilborough Childrens’ Centre this was the first partnership established in a programme that will extend to cover the whole City. As a contribution towards the national Early Intervention initiative Imagination Libraries send registered children a free book every month from birth until they are five years old. This way it is hoped that Nottingham children’s literacy levels can be raised to a more acceptable level.
Initial funding for the project has come from various local public and private charitable funds. The latest large donation of £2,500 has been received from the Nottingham office of St. James’s Place Wealth Management. Even though they are a national organisation St. James’s Place Foundation Trust ensure that their local offices are able to support good causes. Local Senior Partner David Carter says, “The St. James's Place Foundation is delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile cause. Child literacy is such an important issue for the self esteem of the individual and the future of the country".
The Rotary Club have been working with various local organisations and hope to be able to announce a major development for the Imagination Library into a deprived inner city area around the turn of the year.
Readers wishing to donate, learn more about the Rotary Club of Nottingham and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library should go to the Rotary Club of Nottingham web site at http://www.rotary1220.org/not
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