Your donations have enabled BBC Children in Need to give Living Paintings a grant of £10,000 over a year to pay for Library Coordinator Sue. She’s the person at the end of the phone or email who helps to fund just the right book that children like Tots are looking for. Then, volunteers pack up the books and accessories and post them off, all for free.
More than 200 volunteer artists, script writers and actors lend their time, skills and services free of charge to create the books and recordings in the first place, once the original author has given permission for their work to be specially adapted.
Camilla Oldlands, Chief Executive of the organisation, said: “A key to the success of our work is the direct links we have with our childre?n enabling us to provide them with exactly what they individually need during our relationship with them, which will last throughout their childhood. As an outreach service achieving this requires a significant investment of energy, care and attention and ?we are delighted to have been successful in applying for the salary costs of the person whose job it is to proactively engage with each child to make sure their needs are met."
Living Paintings is the only charity in the UK that designs, creates and publishes tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people. They call them Touch to See books and they publish titles suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult, to provide education and life-long learning, enhance lifestyle and support leisure interests.
There are an estimated 20,000 blind and partially sighted children under the age of 16 in the UK.