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Thousands of pounds of funding has been awarded to community projects across Cambridgeshire to boost children’s communication, language and literacy.

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Huntingdon Community Action Projects and The Murrow Pre-school team are just some of the groups and organisations who successfully bid for a share of the £61,000 funding to set up activities to support children and their families’ communication, language and literacy development.

Cambridgeshire County Council launched its community literacy project ‘Talking Together in Cambridgeshire’ in April, with the support of the National Literacy Trust. The Early Years’ Service has established a team around the project to work with the community groups involved and to deliver training across the project reach areas.

The project focusses on raising awareness of communication, language and literacy development for children aged 0-6 with parents, childminders, practitioners and others in the community as well as looking to support family members who may have language or literacy difficulties.

Since the launch, the project team has been working with communities in Wisbech, March, Chatteris, Huntingdon and North East Cambridge City.  The data for these areas shows that there are more children with lower levels of communication, language and literacy than in other parts of the county.

As part of this work, local community groups have been able to apply for funding and 15 projects have now been awarded a share of the money.  For a full list of successful projects visit https://www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/early-years/community-literacy-project/funding-information/

Already up and running is a collaborative project between the Fitzwilliam Museum and the North Cambridge Child and Family Centre (CFC) to support 10 families with children aged 0-5. Families will be introduced to objects in the museum collection through stories, play activities, art and music.

They will have an opportunity to share the experience together, talk about something new and be inspired to try some of the activities at home or in other places in the community that will benefit the children’s communication and cultural development.

Cllr Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We are delighted to announce these Talking Together in Cambridgeshire grant funding awards. The project team is excited about working with each of the groups and looks forward to seeing how those at the heart of their communities can make a difference to young children and their families.”

This week, representatives from groups in Wisbech, Huntingdon, North East Cambridge, March and Chatteris were invited to attend a special event to celebrate their success in achieving Talking Together in Cambridgeshire project funding.

The event at Chatteris Child and Family Centre on Thursday (November 22) was an opportunity for project groups to meet each other and the wider Talking Together in Cambridgeshire project team to talk about how the teams can work together to further support young children and their families.

For more information about Talking Together in Cambridgeshire, you can contact the team on 01223 699671 or email [email protected].

Helen Wootten, Early Years Literacy Adviser, at the celebration even this week


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