Delivery of NYR in Warwickshire
For more information about how the NYR was endorsed by the Senior Directors Leadership team read the article Warwickshire partnerships.
For more information about what was delivered as part of the NYR in Warwickshire read the article Achievements in Warwickshire 2008
Who delivered the NYR in Warwickshire?
The Coordinator was seconded from the library service, having previously undertaken the role of Coordinator of the Switched on to Reading project. This enabled a smooth transition into the role, with a co-ordinator already familiar with the county and its procedures. The role was funded as a half-post position as part of the joint funding of the year
The Steering group which was able to be drawn together quickly at the start of the project had a crucial role in making links and getting activities off the ground.
In addition there was a libraries’ NYR group with members drawn from the 5 districts of the county. These would bid in for activities across a range of audiences enabling ownership and contact ‘on the ground’ for the co-ordinator to ensure events ran smoothly.
A paid Coordinator
At the outset in Warwickshire it was recognised that a dedicated Coordinator for the National Year of Reading was going to be essential so the most successful delivery and particularly to :
- Ensure there was planning of activity around the key target groups for Warwickshire
- Work across Directorates, which would involve time in setting up a Steering Group and exploiting the linkages
- Keep partners up to date and engage new partners
- Work with staff at all levels
- Monitor activities and promotions, collect evidence and evaluate impact.
Overall in retrospect, having a Coordinator provided a key resource to support communications to, and engagement with partners, and drove local activity. Importantly it also meant that more could be done, opportunities were exploited that otherwise would be missed and Warwickshire delivered a successful campaign locally with a wide range of partners.
Many of the following were represented on the steering group which met quarterly and also communicated by email.
A final meeting to discuss evaluation and legacy will be held in January 2009.
- Adult, Health and Community Services Directorate (incorporating library service, adult learning and museum service)
- Children, Young People and Families Directorate
- Coventry and Warwickshire Business Forum
- Probation Service
- Royal Shakespeare Company
- Schools Library Service
- Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
- Warwickshire Bookstart
- Warwickshire’s Education Service for Looked After Children (TELAC)
- Youth Offending Team
- Several county and district councillors, including one on the steering group and one who organised an evening of Punjabi poetry alongside a fellow poet.
For more information
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