The Big Venture Challenge is run by UnLtd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK, and supports entrepreneurs by giving them access to business support, powerful connections and match funding to help them raise investment and deliver social impact at scale. Following a pilot in 2011, the programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund to support a total of 100 new social entrepreneurs over the next three years.
The 2013 Big Venture Challenge saw social entrepreneurs from around the country apply to scale their ventures with an expert team. Just 30 were chosen and have been announced at the Big Venture Challenge launch today – and we’re very proud that The Reader Organisation is amongst them. Our Director Jane Davis and Managing Director Chris Catterall are down at the launch in London representing us, and will be looking forward to meeting the other winners at what promises to be an exciting day.
The future is already looking bright for The Reader Organisation, with our plans to develop The International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing at Calderstones, and being part of the Big Venture Challenge will build more opportunities for us to reach the widest range of Readers.
You can follow the launch of Big Venture Challenge throughout the day on Twitter @BigVentureChall or use the hashtag #BVC2013.
Looking to start reading a novel with your shared reading group, but not sure how to go about it? Perhaps you’re already reading novels and are looking to refine your practice? Are you interested in the special quality that novels have when read aloud together?
This special Saturday Masterclass, led by The Reader Organisation’s Literary Learning Manager and The Reader magazine regular Casi Dylan, will cover all aspects of working with novels, from selection through to conclusion, and will make the case for working through longer works of fiction as a group.
“The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.” – E.M.Forster
Masterclasses are especially for Shared Reading Practitioners who have attended Read to Lead as part of The Reader Organisation’s Ongoing Learning provision, designed to improve shared reading practice and deepen understanding as a reader.
The last few places on this special weekend Masterclass in Exeter are available – places are free if you are within your first year of Ongoing Learning, and £55 otherwise. This cost includes lunch.
For more information on this Masterclass and to book your place, please contact Literary Learning Coordinator Roisin Hyland on email@example.com or call 0151 207 7207, with the details of the Read to Lead course you attended.
There’s just a week to go until we head to the British Library Conference Centre for The Reader Organisation’s fourth annual National Conference, Shared Reading for Healthy Communities. It promises to be an enriching, enlightening day providing lots of inspirational answers to many burning questions about shared reading and public and mental health, libraries, education, addiction recovery, and dementia care.
As well as exploring the present and looking to the future to discover how a working, creative community can be built on reading, we’ll also be finding out how reading can profoundly affect the life of an individual. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP will be joining us in London, rounding off our ‘Healthy People’ morning session by discussing the difference reading English has made to his life and revealing the books that have built him.
In anticipation, we would love to know: which books have built you? Is there something that you read when you were young that taught you a valuable life lesson outside of the classroom? Perhaps a book that marked a coming-of-age watershed? Do you have a novel that defines your life up to now and is always one to revisit?
We’ve already had some great selections on Twitter, including To Kill A Mockingbird, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Noughts and Crosses, Little Women and Great Expectations, provoking a range of responses: bravery, self-confidence, empowerment, as well as the tough lesson that life doesn’t always work out the way you think it will but equally, the importance of keeping going.