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Update from the BBC’s RaW Campaign – January 2006

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Latest from RaW, including new quizzes and reading group workshops

‘Welcome to the first RaW update of 2006!

As you probably already know, the second phase of the campaign kicks off on 2nd March to coincide with World Book Day.

The emphasis is on encouraging adults and their families to get more out of reading and writing through their interests. With a big summer of sport ahead, including the World Cup, there’ll be a real focus on linking informal literacy with football, together with other sports. BBC RaW is working closely with World Book Day and Quick Reads to promote the new titles being launched in March – the books will be promoted on air and through the raft of RaW activities on the ground.

Order Your Very Own Facilitator To Kick-start Phase 2

If you’re a RaW Centre thinking of hosting reading groups or story-telling sessions as part of RaW then this might just be the ticket to get you on the road to a RaW-tastic year. This spring we will be offering the services of two facilitators who, just for you, will be travelling the length and breadth of the country hosting ‘taster’ reading group workshops. If this is something you think you could benefit from then email us at or call on 020 87526777 for more information and details of how to apply.

Obviously because there are so many RaW Centres we anticipate that demand for these sessions will be high so we do ask that you meet some requirements and that you can work within the facilitators’ schedules. Further details will be sent to you once you’ve contacted us to show your interest. We hope it will prove to be a fantastic opportunity and experience that many of you would like to take up.

Unfortunately we can’t offer this opportunity to libraries. However centres who wish to work with their local library to either access space to hold the session or extra reading materials are encouraged to do so.

We are currently in the process of recruiting the facilitators so if you, or someone you know, are interested in this challenging and exciting role get in touch by emailing for more information and details of how to apply.

RaW Swaps

RaW Swaps is another new activity for RaW Centres in 2006. Building on the idea that swapping provides an innovative “way in” for people gathering curiosity about reading but who don’t know what to choose, RaW Centres will be able to order materials to help them get swapping, so if you’re not signed up already, please do so now by visiting

Centre Packs and Marketing Materials

You will be receiving new pages for your RaW welcome pack later this month, with information and advice on running reading groups, RaW Swaps and RaW Stories activities. Also, get ready for new marketing materials to support your work, including posters, postcards, stickers and giveaways. We’ll let you know, via this newsletter, when these are available to order online. Oh, and look out for a little surprise in the post that will hopefully make you go ‘Ah’!

Any Stories Out There?

We have a request from our online team. They would like to feature stories from any learners that have participated in and found help from RaW activities at your centres. It could be a short piece written by the participant, with support from you if they are less confident, describing their own journey so far with RaW, or perhaps a book review or piece of creative writing. We’re looking for some RaW gems so please don’t be shy in encouraging RaW participants to send any material in to us at . Or, if you’re feeling giddy with what technology can offer these days, you could even send it in to us on a Mini Disc or CD, though unfortunately we can’t put tape recordings on the website.

London’s Quiz Night

On the 26th January the Queen Victoria pub in Bermondsey hosted London’s RaW quiz night. With support from local radio and a host of radio presenters including Vanessa Feltz and Robert Elms it was a fantastic night full of brain-teasers. To see more of the night click here.

On Air, Online and on the ‘Phone

As ever, there is continuing support through the BBC’s many broadcast and online outlets. There’s a storyline in the popular soap Neighbours, the trails are back on your screens and there are even more games, activities and celebrity book recommendations at plus much more.

Don’t forget RaW’s unique telephone coaching service, in partnership with Learndirect. It continues to offer dedicated ongoing support and advice, all free of charge. Remember every single call is answered by a trained Basic Skills Learning Advisor. Please encourage people to call free on 08000 150 950.

Quiz Corner

Have you done quizzes 1 – 4 and are wondering what to do next?

All of our new quizzes are available to download at There are now 10 in all and we have posted the first with a theme – a music quiz! More are going online soon, including a special Romance quiz so watch this space.

Don’t forget that the questions and answers to all the RaW quizzes are hidden away so only you have access.’

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