Reading Force launch at Colinton Primary School with VIP Vivian French

On Wednesday 7th March Reading Force launched at Colinton Primary School, Edinburgh, with special guest author, Vivian French. Vivian has written 300 children’s books, including the The Cherry Pie Princess, the Knights in Training series, and most recently Robe of Skulls.

As well as giving the children an inspiring and fun day with a real-life author, the launch raised awareness of Reading Force, the shared reading charity for military families, and how children and families can get involved.

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Annington Trust supports SSAFA’s 2018 Short Breaks provision for serving military families

SSAFA is delighted to announce that the Annington Trust has awarded a grant of £6,000 to support SSAFA’s new Short Breaks provision in 2018. The grant will enable SSAFA to offer places on the breaks at a reduced cost to families who have a child with an additional need and/or disability.

Two weekend-long breaks will be available in spring and winter for up to 90 family members. SSAFA will work in partnership with the Calvert Trust, Exmoor which offers a safe and supportive environment specifically designed for those with physical, learning, behavioural and sensory disabilities.

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Drawing and Talking partners with The Annington Trust to offer dedicated Armed Forces Foundation Training Day on Friday 6 April

The event will be the first opportunity that Drawing and Talking has had to directly support Service families in the UK. The company has already trained over 18,000 professionals in more than 8,000 schools and charities in its safe and easy to learn serial drawing technique.

Catherine Beagley, managing director of Drawing and Talking, comments: “We’re incredibly thankful to the Annington Trust for hosting and subsidising this event as it ensures our training is more affordable for those wanting to attend this impactful day.

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Storybook Waves book club in a box

A new initiative by the Aggie Weston’s Storybook Waves project has secured funding from the Annington Trust of over £40,000 for the next three years. Launching at the end of September 2017, the ‘Storybook Waves Book Club in a Box’ initiative seeks to relieve the anxiety of separation that families experience by connecting them through books and a nationwide network of Book Clubs.

Held in community houses at 21 base port areas, the Book Clubs will generally be hosted by Aggie Weston’s Pastoral Workers and will run monthly during term time. Aimed primarily at families of deployed personnel, The Book Clubs will 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 will be on hand to provide support and a listening ear to anyone struggling with the challenges that deployment can bring.

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Tri-Service reading charity secures funding from Annington

Annington Ltd is to support the tri-service charity Reading Force with a sum of £75,000 over the next three years.

Reading Force supports the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of Forces families through the experience of shared reading by providing free books and reading scrapbooks to members of the Forces and their families. The scheme also includes Veterans, Reservists and Former Forces partners and children.

Families are encouraged to form reading groups to talk about the books they are sharing, and children are encouraged to keep a scrapbook to record their thoughts and feelings about the chosen title.

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Donations from the Annington Trust top £100,000 in 2016

Woodentots Nursery situated within HMS Collingwood, the Royal Navy’s training establishment in Plymouth was just one of a number of Service community projects that successfully bid for funding from The Annington Trust in 2016.

The Annington Trust was established for the benefit of Services Families living on the Married Quarters Estate with the objective of sponsoring community activities and projects.

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