Tameside's first virtual Story Makers project proved to be every bit as popular as the ones that went before.
Early years groups, nurseries and families with pre-school children were as keen as ever to take part in the twice-weekly Zoom sessions which involved writer Caryl Hart and illustrator Andy Rowland, and resulted in a picture book entitled ‘How to be Kind.’
The theme of this year’s Story Makers project, which was funded by Tameside Community Safety Partnership, was to increase families’ understanding of what’s involved in being a good citizen, the need to be kind, and to promote well-being and good mental health.
Sessions also contributed to the police and crime priority of strengthening communities and places – something that is especially relevant in a time of lockdowns and Covid restrictions.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for lifelong learning, said: “It was very good of the community safety partnership to give us the opportunity to build on the success of our earlier Story Makers work so that even more young children could benefit.
“The latest sessions provided a great opportunity for children to be involved in creating a picture book while learning about the need to be kind and help each other.
“I’m delighted to see that families love the Story Makers project as much as ever and that its popularity continues to grow.”
If you attended any of the Story Makers sessions, you can pick up your free copy of the new ‘How Kind’ picture book from your local library.