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The Reading Agency Receives Award

The Reading Agency Receives Award
Updated: Thursday 24th April 2014

The Reading Agency has received an award of £346,500 from the BIG Lottery Fund for a MyVoice project that will benefit 11-19 year olds in London, the South East, the North West and the North East of England. The MyVoice project will provide 30,000 young people with creative reading and writing opportunities by working closely with 20 library services across the country, and the six-figure award will be delivered over three years.

Speaking about the award, Miranda McKearney, who is Chief Executive of The Reading Agency, said: “The Reading Agency is delighted by this award to enable us to launch MyVoice, working with 20 library authorities in four regions across England. At a time of great pressure on libraries, this is a heartening vote of confidence for their vital community work. The MyVoice programme is led by young people and offers creative reading and writing opportunities to 30,000 disadvantaged 11-19 year olds, which will unlock the joy of reading, and the life chances that brings.

“Young people will be supported to get involved in running activities in their local libraries and youth spaces, develop ideas online, choose books and help inspire other young people to read. With our library partners, we’ll also be able to create 6,000 new volunteering opportunities that will be part of accredited award schemes and support links into employment and apprenticeships for young people in the areas of creative writing and literacy.”

A significant percentage of money raised from National Lottery ticket sales goes to Good Causes, and MyVoice is just one many community projects which has benefitted from lottery funds. In fact, since the lottery began in the UK in 1994, over £25 billion has been raised for Good Causes and more than 333,000 grants have already been awarded, with many more to come in the future.

Play lottery games online today and you can be proud of helping to keep the Good Cause initiative going from strength to strength. Of course, you will also be in with a chance of winning your own lottery payout too! The Lotto jackpot this Wednesday 26 January will be worth an estimated £2.4 million and there is a £12 million jackpot to be won in the EuroMillions game on Friday, so get involved and good luck!

Published: Tuesday 25th January 2011

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