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By Bob Doris MSP

Ambition To Extend Under 5’s Reading Programme Across Maryhill and Springburn

I have been leading discussions with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and local social housing providers to roll out an ambitious pre-5 book initiative across our constituency. The Imagination Library provide a quality, age appropriate book every month to children from birth to their 5th birthday.

Books are personally addressed to every child and posted out to them. The initiative can support literacy and language development from the earliest of ages and boost a reading culture within families.

I was joined by social housing providers, Children’s Minister Maree Todd MSP and City Government Education Convener Cllr Chris Cunningham to find out more.

Social housing providers in the constituency such as Blochairn Housing Association (the venue for today’s event) Wheatley Housing Group Limited West of Scotland Housing Association already back the programme. It was fantastic that others open to considering delivering the scheme. My thanks to ng homes Queens Cross Housing AssociationMaryhill Housing Association for discussing the opportunities today. And for the interest of Spire View Housing Association Hawthorn Housing, Cooperative and Cadder Housing Association who although could not attend today’s meeting have expressed an interest.

Together I hope we can deliver this reading initiative right across the constituency.

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