‘Ah … poetry at last!’
What We Do: At Pen to Paper we teach literacy skills in a fun and interactive way, in a friendly and supportive environment. We use a wide variety of fun activities, tasks and games to help children aged 7-11 to develop creative writing skills, explore their imaginations, creative thinking skills and self-expression. A strong emphasis is put on developing social skills, making friendships, and building self-confidence and self-esteem.
Working alongside the school curriculum to support and complement academic learning, we operate in an informal and non-pressured setting.
When and Where: Sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 9.30 am to 11.00 am at the Alton Maltings Centre, Alton, with the occasional double. Places are limited to twenty children at a cost of £20.00 per child, per course.
Self-Development: When children move onto secondary school they have the opportunity to come back to work as Young Mentors and then at college they can come in to work as Volunteers which helps with the volunteering category of such schemes as the Duke of Edinburgh.
Who We Are: Run by course leader Sarah Lucas – writer, publisher, workshop provider and language tutor, the courses are held during term-time avoiding half-term holiday weekends where possible. About to enter its sixth year, Pen to Paper is currently funded by the National Lottery’s Community Fund, and many local businesses and individuals.
Where to Find Information: Contact Sarah on 01420 587351 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, including to request a copy of the course booklet which contains:
- the aims of each course
- full terms and conditions
- Safeguarding Policy
- Child Protection Policy Statement
- Certificate of Public Liability Insurance, and
- directions to the Maltings.
An Application Form and list of testimonials is also available upon request.
When’s the Next Course?: Courses restart Saturday, September 14th with the subject, ‘Bugz’. We will be looking at insects, creating a new insect language, playing bug bingo as well as designing new, super bugs mixing up the best – and worst – of the bug world. Can’t write but can tell a story through drawing cartoons or making collage? Get in touch. ‘Bugz’ promises to draw you out from any place you might be stuck in to get pen to paper. Bookings are now being taken with one place remaining.
Celebration of the Children’s Work: At the end of each school year we publish a bonkers book celebrating the children’s writing and illustrative work. The product of each course, the writing undergoes serious editing and the children decide on the layout and run of the book, as well as the jacket design. The poetry special, published at a fun book launch on May 18th this year at the Maltings, also included fun comic strips and Mr. Men and Little Miss stories.
Want to Get Involved? Like the idea of volunteering at a fun and lively event for children aged 7-11? If you do, get in touch for a chat. As at 12th September we are looking for two college volunteers. Contact me if you are interested and to see if you can be part of our story (DBS checks apply if you are 16 and over).
Pen to Paper, 01420 587351, email@example.com