The University of Surrey’s ‘Widening Participation & Outreach team’ have a scheme offering children in need, including young carers, ‘Book Bundles’ to help them access literature and continue reading while not in school.
The books are relevant for key stages two to five (school years three to thirteen), are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and will encourage young people to explore new authors, genres and themes. Bundles will be posted to your door.
How To Apply
To apply to the Book Access Scheme, young carers or their parents/carers/guardians need to complete the application form found here: https://surrey.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/book-access-scheme
If you aren’t able to access a computer then call 07814 785536 and leave a message with your name and contact details and stating that you would like to apply to the Book Access Scheme. Requests will be accepted until Monday 31st of August, or until all the book bundles have been allocated, whichever comes first.
To be eligible for the scheme young people must meet one of the following criteria:
- They are a young carer
- They are, or have previously been in local authority care
- They are from a Gypsy, Roma or Irish Traveller community
- They are an estranged student
- They are a refugee or asylum seeker
- They are in receipt of free school meals or a 16 to 19 bursary