24 October 2018 – Public Update Of Our Activities
It is October 2018, and this is the first public update on our low key activities in four months, since Sunderland Literacy Aid’s inception.
Still zero funding, and still less than a handful of us doing all the work, however, there is ongoing intermittent support from a bunch of lovely people. On the whole, we are not whining, but instead happy to announce that we have managed to save and accommodate over 2000 books plus other educational resources that would have otherwise ended up in garbage bins and landfill sites. Some of them have been delivered to our storage space, while others have been collected by us from different institutions.
Since July of this year, Sunderland Literacy Aid has accomplished the following:
a) we have been playing an active role in reducing carbon emissions by using the innovative way of saving, accommodating and redistributing educational resources for reuse to those in need, instead of recycling them;
b) we have managed to redistribute over 500 books to under-resourced schools in the community, as well as to the tutors running educational courses under Centrepoint (Sunderland branch);
c) seven university students have been given the opportunity to get involved with us by working on different research projects, therefore making it possible for them to have the involvement with Sunderland Literacy Aid added on their Higher Education Achievement Report as extracurricular activity;
d) three college students have each done a short term placement with us, increasing their chances to gain long term placements leading to full time employment in the future; e) because people usually don’t have alternatives to dispose of their unneeded educational resources other than the closest recycling point, we have started three collection points in strategic locations to make it more accessible for them to donate with us. All collection points have been done in partnerships with long established institutions wanting to play a more active role in community projects.
We are hoping that our innovative way of reusing educational materials will continue to help conserve resources, finances and will generate less paper waste, as well as proving first hand how reusing is way more beneficial to all of us, rather than recycling. In time, small steps bring about big changes. THIS is what we are about!