Aberdeenshire Council Head of Education, Vincent Docherty, made a special delivery of books and learning resources to the Education & Childcare Hub at Turriff Primary School this week.
The donation of a truckload (literally) of learning materials came from the Scottish Book Trust and will be shared to the 17 learning and childcare hubs across Aberdeenshire.
We’re incredibly grateful to the Scottish Book Trust for the provision of these materials which have been a welcome boost for many happy wee faces. I also enjoyed offering a nod of encouragement to staff in our hubs who I feel deserve a great deal of praise for their dedication and enthusiasm.
As well as delivering learning and childcare for the children of key workers, Aberdeenshire’s learning and childcare hubs support the tailored care plans in place to support the area’s most vulnerable children and families. Now the donated learning materials are in place there, they’ll be shared among those who need them most.
Marc Lambert, CEO Scottish Book Trust, said
We launched our urgent Children’s Book Appeal to help get books to vulnerable children and families who are most in need. At least 13,000 vulnerable children and families across Scotland have no books at home, or access to books. With schools, nurseries and libraries closed, this situation is bleak for many and unlikely to change soon.
We are extremely grateful to Aberdeenshire Council for helping us reach these families through their learning and childcare hubs. Thanks to the commitment and quick work of our partners, books and learning materials are already being delivered.
Some of the happy book recipients at Turriff Education & Childcare Hub
Cllr Gillian Owen, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee commented
The staff in our hubs have been there day-in-day-out, during weekends and school holidays too, supporting fellow key workers and providing an absolutely essential service. They have done this with pride, enthusiasm and kindness, offering a range of fantastic activities to the absolute best of their abilities, and they certainly deserve our gratitude. Well done everyone, and I hope this helps you support those who need it most.
Vice-Chair Cllr Rosemary Bruce added
Inspiring a lifelong interest in reading and literature is a key part in supporting all of our children and young people to thrive. This just goes to show in these challenging times there are many organisations, individuals and volunteers willing to go the extra mile to continue to support that aim and we are really, really thankful to the Scottish Book Trust for their support.