Gypsy Roma Traveller Leeds
The permanent site of the Gypsy Roma Traveller Communities
If your computer has speakers you will be able to enjoy Michael Reeves reading from Johnny Connors' "Seven weeks of Childhood - An Autobiography".
The story comprises part of Jeremy Sandford's Compilation 'Gypsies'. The entire reading is over 90 minutes and is cut here into 10 parts.
The bringing together of books and babies at an early age is currently happening for Traveller families in Leeds as a result of the Bookstart scheme.
Bookstart is a national scheme offering free books to every child and advice to every parent. It encourages parents and carers to share books with children from a very early age. It is based on the belief that it's never too soon to share books with babies and that children introduced to books at an early age start school with an advantage, that can last throughout their life.
Leeds Traveller Education Service and the Library and Information Service are working in partnership to ensure that every pre-school child on the permanent Traveller sites in Leeds and the roadside Traveller sites receive a free Bookstart pack. The packs contain two high quality baby books, a nursery rhyme placemat, advice and information about the benefits of sharing books at this age and an invitation to join the local library. The packs are distributed via the pre-school team - Saskia, Sue and Indi, Sarah the health visitor and through Pauline - the family outreach worker who distributes the pack at the roadside.
Plans are underway for Leeds Traveller Education Service and the Library and Information Service to work closely together in order to improve access for Traveller families to opportunities and resources available through the library service.For more information contact:
Sue Gold - Travellers' Teacher
0113 274 8050
Lorraine Lee - Bookstart/Early Years Co-ordinator
0113 395 2338
An audio CD of seven stories called Dragonory was specially prepared by Jess Smith the Scottish Storyteller for the Travellers Storytelling Project.
Listen to one of stories to whet your appetite.