Showcase of Work
The Stephens and George charitable trust runs a scheme calls Baby BookWorm, the scheme reaches out to mothers and new born baby's to get them and their baby's more engaged into books and reading.
INITIATIVE LITERACY PROJECT.
At the Trust we aim to provide a diversity of opportunity within the local community. This means coming up with new, interesting ways in which we can use reading and writing as creative forms of self expression with young people in the area. We encourage people to submit their short stories for publication on our blog, run a newsletter project for budding journalists to sharpen their skills and a multitude of other exciting initiatives.
Our reading groups work with care homes, schools, homeless projects, women’s refuges, Cancer Aid services and many other groups within
Experienced story-tellers read short stories, poems and extracts aloud to generate discussion around the writing. This encourages critical thinking
and an engaging, enjoyable, intellectual discussion.
For further information on our Reading Groups please feel free to contact us.
In order to cultivate a society in which an appreciation of reading and writing is prevalent and to encourage these media as forms of creative self-expression, the Trust has created a series of imaginatively themed creative spaces for young people.
Allowing young people to be immersed in a literary and visually stimulating environment allows them the opportunity to discover literature in their own way and at their own pace. These spaces encourage them to consider picking up a book or writing a short story in these beautiful spaces instead of switching on the television.
The spaces have all been created from donated and recycled material, which ties in directly with MTCBC Re-use scheme. Volunteers donated their time and talent to build the spaces up from literally nothing but an empty room. Several of these volunteers have gone on to full time employment as a result of their work on these projects.
Youth News is an innovative and exciting project run by the rust in partnership with Merthyr Tydfil Housing association.
Our Newsletter coordinator is Amber Lewis. If you have a community event or are interested in writing or journalism, then please contact the Charity office on 01685 388888 to find out how you can get involved.
Youth News is printed every 12 weeks and is free of charge. If you would like your school or community project to receive a copy please contact us.
Our previous Newsletter coordinator Jordon Davies is now employed by Stephens and George Print Group as a Bindery operator.
Young people come together every Tuesday night to share their ideas, writing skills and artistic talents. They learn journalistic and communication skills from establisher writers such as Mike Jenkins and are given the opportunity to attend events and activities, such as the Abergavenny Food Festival and Peterstone Court in Brecon. They then work together to write up their experiences and compile them into a newsletter for the benefit of themselves and their peers.
The newsletter is printed by S&G and distributed into the community. It is the first ever newsletter in Merthyr Tydfil that has been created by young people for young people.
There are two editions of the newsletter so far and the third edition is well underway and is hoped to be distributed across the Borough in September. Copies of the new newsletter will be available soon.
EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH LITERACY.
We know that writing can be a form of cathartic release to many, and can be a deeply satisfying medium for journalistic and emotional expression.
We have endeavoured to work directly with young people in the community who are passionate about their writing and who are looking to develop their skills into a potential future career.
Working with established writers, poets and industry professionals we have striven to give these young people the best possible opportunity to realise the
full extent of their literacy ambitions.
In 2018 the Stephens And George Trust managed to take part in the Erasmus Scheme. A scheme designed to inter connect young people from all around the world, so far the trust has been able to complete two Erasmus trips but hope to do more in the future.