Home-Start volunteers and staff are set to benefit from free access to online digital books, audiobooks and videos to help support families across the country.

Thinkably, a children’s digital library platform, has collaborated with Home-Start UK to give free access to their books and videos for a year. 

Jennie Mann, Head of Volunteering at Home-Start UK, said: “We are so grateful to Thinkably for providing a year of free online access to their wonderful books and platform. It offers a superb opportunity for our volunteers to access fun and creative stories to read with families on important societal topics.

“We know how powerful storytelling can be as it can spark important conversations and also create special bonding time. We know the wealth of Thinkably stories will provide the tools for really helpful conversations and learning for children and their parents.”

Thinkably’s platform has a wealth of topical stories which gives children, and their care givers, the tools to have open conversations, ultimately helping children to understand the complex and changing world around them. 

Book topics include coronavirus, environment, happiness, health and wellbeing and growing up.

Dean Horridge, Founder of Thinkably, said: “We are delighted to be working with Home-Start, providing their exceptional volunteers with free access to our digital library platform.

“We both have children and families at the heart of our work so it was evident that Thinkably could provide additional resources and support, particularly as over the last two years families have had to navigate such challenging and difficult times.

“Combining our resources enhances the level of support provided to families, giving them practical tools to use daily.”

Thinkably say they are seeing increased demand for their books due to the increased levels of mental health and anxiety issues reported in children since the pandemic.

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