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Reading Force and ABF The Soldiers' Charity are working in partnership to bring a new pre-school family shared reading project to young Army families in Hampshire. A special launch event with children’s author Kathryn White, pre-school Service children, parents and carers, was held at Toye Box Early Years Centre, Aldershot Garrison on Wednesday 22nd October 2014.

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Local Press

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Aldershot News and Mail

Thursday 30th October 2014

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football'Reading initiative boosted by visit of football writer'

The Northern Echo

Tuesday 28th January 2014

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halton'Reading Force launch at Halton'

RAF Halton website

Monday 23rd September 2013

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minigrey-media160x180'Mini books in to visit Windsor School'

Royal Borough Observer

Friday 15th March 2013

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'Books keep RAF Carterton family close despite separation'

The Oxford Mail 

Saturday 24th November 2012

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'Miles apart – but families united by love of reading'

The Portsmouth News

Thursday 24th May 2012

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‘Books bring service families together’

Oxford Mail, Witney 

Friday 11th May 2012

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National Press


pdf-download'Fly away with a book'

Envoy Magazine – RAF Families Federation'

Spring 2014 issue



ArmyYou Spring2014 article screenshot

pdf-download'Force for good'

Army & You magazine – Army Families Federation

Spring 2014 issue



Royal Navy News May

pdf-download'Reading Force rewards'

Navy News – Royal Navy

March 2013 issue



Royal Navy News

pdf-download'Reading Force!'

First News

5th November 2012





'Plan to bridge separation of service families with joint reading scheme'

The Guardian

18th January 2011

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‘Force for good’

Bookseller blog  2nd September 2013

Reading Force the shared reading initiative for Service families, has received a £5,000 award from reading charity the Siobhan Dowd Trust. The award is to buy books for Forces families who are taking part in the scheme in 2013-14.

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‘Reading Force extend’

The Bookseller  23rd July 2013

Reading Force has been awarded £230,000 to extend its reading programme to every service family in the UK during 2013-15.

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‘They're all at sea, but a book brings them together’

TES Connect

Friday 11th May 2012

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British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS): 27/10/14 interview with Alison Baverstock and Wendy Searle, ABF The Soldiers' Charity 'Reading brings service families together'
Radio Berkshire: 10/07/2013 interview with Alison Baverstock
BBC South News: 23/5/12 feature on Reading Force launch on HMS Warrior
Radio Berkshire: 23/5/12 interview with family who had participated in Reading Force
Heart FM, Berkshire: 24/5/12 interview with Alison Baverstock
British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS): 10/9/11 interview with Alison Baverstock ‘Reading Force wraps up in Aldershot’ 

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