Cornerstone House Centre will host new free weekly in-person Bookbug Sessions from this week, with Cumbernauld parents encouraged to come along for structured bonding time with their babies and young children.
Bookbug, which will take place every Thursday over the summer at Cornerstone House Centre’s community-owned building at Esk Walk in Cumbernauld, provides an opportunity for mums, dads and carers to enjoy sharing stories, songs and rhymes with their little ones in a safe, friendly and informal environment.
The provision will commence on Thursday 3 June 2021 from 11.30am-11.55am, with weekly sessions taking place thereafter until Thursday 5 August 2021. Group leaders are trained to facilitate stories and songs in a fun and interactive way, targeted at children from birth to pre-school age.
Delivered as part of Cumbernauld Family Hub, Cornerstone House Centre is an affiliated partner of Scottish Book Trust and is experienced in supporting children and families to grow and positively develop through reading stories and singing songs together.
Those interested in attending can be assured that a full health and safety risk assessment in relation to COVID-19 has been undertaken and that Cornerstone House Centre as an organisation is committed to taking every reasonable step to ensure the safety of all visitors from the moment they enter until the moment they leave the building.
This includes social distancing, clear instructions for safe walking routes around the premises, the installation of several hand sanitising stations and Perspex screens at reception and other areas where Centre staff and volunteers are operating.
Bookbug provides opportunities for families to meet each other and have a change of scene and activities. Mary McNeil, Development Manager at Cornerstone House Centre, said:
“Cornerstone House Centre is delighted to have scheduled its first face-to-face block of Bookbug since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is evident that Bookbug has made an extremely important contribution in effectively supporting families who face barriers to accessing services in Scotland over the last ten years, and Cornerstone House Centre has been proud to play a small part in its growth.
“Within Cumbernauld, delivery of the programme has enabled Cumbernauld Family Hub to reach and support families that it may otherwise not have had the opportunity to, in particular parents and guardians experiencing disadvantage or inequality as a result of health, finance, age or social status.
“Locally, it has been established that Bookbug has helped parents feel better equipped to play and interact with their children, improved the language and communication skills of toddlers, prepared children for adapting to nursery and increased the guardianship confidence of kinship carers.”
In addition to the weekly sessions, Cumbernauld Family Hub is encouraging local families to make use of online Bookbug resources, including Bookbug’s Songs and Rhymes App, the Bookbug Song and Rhyme Library and the Bookbug Home Activities Hub.
Last year, Cornerstone House Centre took time to reflect on the success and impact of Bookbug locally and nationally as the programme celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Launched in 2010 by Scottish Book Trust with the backing of Scottish Government’s Improving Health and Wellbeing Division, Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative and Public Health Scotland, Bookbug gives every child in Scotland four free bags of books as babies, toddlers, three and five year olds. The bags contain books and other resources for sharing songs and rhymes that are suited to their age.