This week we celebrate National Storytelling week (31 Jan – 7 Feb 2015).
Big Lottery funded Craigmillar Books for Babies bring a love of stories, songs and rhymes into the lives of children and families.
Jane Lockerbie, has come a long way since her first visit to Big Lottery funded Craigmillar Books for Babies. The group encourages and supports parents and carers to share books and stories with their babies. Jane started attending the group a few years ago with her disabled daughter Beth (now 4).
Here she explains how the Edinburgh based charity helped her overcome her biggest fear.
“I was really nervous about attending, I have dyslexia and I didn’t want to pass the fear of being terrified of books onto my daughter.
I discovered the group a few years ago when I moved to Craigmillar. Beth is an only child and I wanted to see how she would interact with other children.
The group made me feel very welcome. We took part in Baby and Toddler Rhymetime and I had the chance to speak to other parents in similar situations. This gave me the opportunity to seek advice from other mums on parenting. I still maintain friendships with many of the parents who attended.
The project has given me a massive amount of confidence. I can be ‘me’ rather than just Beth’s Mum.
Beth is now four, attending the group has made the transition really easy for her to go to nursery. She is now really engaged with books. The nursery mentioned they can tell the difference between children who have attended Craigmillar Books for Babies and those who haven’t.
Attending the group has had an impact on both Beth and my life.
I wanted to give something back. I now volunteer at the Baby & Toddler Rhymetime each week while Beth is at nursery and I am the Parent Representative on the project’s Steering Group.”
Craigmillar Books for Babies has received funding from Big Lottery Fund over the years, including an Investing in Communities award of £338,878 in 2013. The group continues to provide support to families living in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived communities.
Funded groups have been sharing their story with the world via Twitter #myBIGstory
How has Big Lottery Fund benefited your group? Join the other storytellers and leave your mark #myBIGstory