October 2022 – A much-needed literacy initiative

After some networking at our October 2022 meeting, and the usual excellent Mix breakfast (for those who were there in person), Sarah Maidment of Get Suffolk Reading explained more about this vital project.


Did you know?

One in six adults has low skills in literacy and one in 11 children doesn’t own a single book.

The National Literacy Trust’s Suffolk project, Get Suffolk Reading, is focused on Stowmarket, Haverhill and Lowestoft and is a project that focuses on three main areas: home learning, well-being and aspiration. Get Suffolk Reading

Sarah Maidment leads the Stowmarket initiative, which will celebrate its first anniversary in January 2023. She covers Needham Market and Stowmarket with her main focus being on primary schools.

This initiative, which is backed by the community, uses reading, events, storytelling and activities for children to encourage them to use libraries. It also supports families and schools.

The initiative has donated 31,963 books across Suffolk and is actively looking for volunteers to create activities, come and read stories and help with fundraising.


For the future

Chairman Colin Tapscott is always happy to receive any suggestions for what members want to see the Chamber doing in the future.
Please send your ideas (and your wish lists) to [email protected].


Dates for your diary:

Please check the website in case of any last-minute changed

 November Coffee  November Breakfast
Face to Face at the Pallet Bar, Fox’s Yard, Stowmarket The Mix, Stowmarket and Online via Zoom
Friday, November 4 Friday, November 18
10.00 am  7.00 am in person; 7.30 am on Zoom

For more information contact Keely Taylor

by phone: 01449 770965 or e-mail: [email protected].

Anyone who has a story to publicize or you’re a Member who hasn’t yet been featured in a Member Spotlight on the website please contact publicity officer, Alison Withers: [email protected]

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