Launched at the end of September 2017, the Agggie's Storybook Waves Book Club initiative seeks to relieve the anxiety of separation that Naval families experience by connecting them through books and a nationwide network of Book Clubs.
Held in community house at 21 base port areas, the Book Clubs are generally hosted by Aggie Weston's Pastoral Workers and run monthly during term time. Aimed primarily at families of deployed personnel, the Book Clubs seek to bring families together for fun-filled activity sessions based around the theme of a popular children's book. While children play, parents can socialise and Pastoral Workers are on hand to provide support and a listening ear to anyone struggling with the challenges that deployment can bring.
"I am absolutely thrilled that the Annington Trust has provided such a generous grant; the funds provided will enable us to deliver this exciting new Club. We all know that deployments and weekending brings challenges for those left at home. It impacts family life and whilst most families cope very well, sometimes additional support can be very welcome." says Aggie's Storybook Waves Project Manager Kathryn Hearn. "The Storybook Waves Book Club in a Box aims to provide a slot each month where parents and children can come together, mix with other families in similar situations and build bonds, all whilst the children are entertained through the power of books."
"Aggie's Storybook Waves is a simple, thoughtful and sensitive way of bringing pleasure to the families of our sailors. These Book Clubs will help to reduce isolation, bring communities together and strengthen those vital support networks Service families deserve,” says Helen Liddell, Chair of the Annington Trust. “We hope the Book Clubs will help build community cohesion within the ‘patch’ or amongst the deployed ship families. Annington is proud to be supporting the Clubs.”
About Aggie's Storybook Waves:
For almost 10 years, Aggie Weston’s Storybook Waves project has been helping serving personnel to maintain the relationship with their children by recording bedtime stories which can be listened to during separations. During this time the charity has helped thousands of children feel connected to their serving parent whilst they are separated, be it through deployment or other service related reasons.
For more information, visit http://www.aggies.org.uk/storybook-waves-2/