Project information


Bookworms, a kid's only library, will provide 200 deprived children from Hackney and Haringey free membership to borrow up to date, suitable books. The library will also run various workshop including autographs by authors and write my own story.

January 2016 - January 2019

Charity information: Viznitz Limited

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  • Need


    As many of our users come from homes that English is the second language, and their parents can not afford to purchase expensive books, the children lag behind academically lowering their chances to achieve good grades, thereby affecting their social status and morale. Also, many children live in overcrowded homes and have little outlet when not in school. Due to their social status, they often get attracted to join undesirable activities, leading to a downward spiral of negative behaviour.


    Bookworm! will provide a safe haven for 200 deprived children to spend their time after school hours while under the guidance of dedicated staff and volunteers. They will make new friends at the sessions while also improving their English reading and writing skills. This will result in them achieving better academically thus improving their chances for a better education and better job chances. Their emotional health will take a lift and motivate them to continue striving higher.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Launch the Bookworms! library


    » Run 2 workshops weekly for users with writing pieces being printed in a book we will compile at the end of the year.
    » Involve children in choosing suitable books to purchase.
    » Provide free membership to 200 deprived children.

    What success will look like

    Bookworms! will have 200 children as members of the library.

  • Impact


    The project will improve the academic performance and social and emotional health of the children involved. We will work closely with the teachers and parents of the children to monitor the success.


    Safeguarding the children and young people in our care is central to our work, and all staff and volunteers will have enhanced DBS checks and attend annual Safeguarding Training.
    There is always the risk that a child might drop out in middle of the yearly membership and discontinue attending the library. Our staff and volunteers will continuously to motivate the children with awards, fun programs and updated books several times a year.


    Funders of the projects will receive a bi-annual report of the goings-on at the library to include a list of activities that have taken place and the number of members using the library on a regular basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,010

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,560 Librarian 3 year salary for 16 hours per week.
      £16,000 Books and shelves Purchase of 1050 books and shelves
      £7,450 Computer and software Computer and library software
  • Background


    Hackney and Haringey boasts a mix of multi culture with Hackney having the highest deprivation index of the UK. A high percentage of residents are on mean tested benefits and are living in social housing.


    200 children and their families will gain tremendously from the Bookworms! project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As a grassroots community organisation, we have successfully run various local projects for four years and have developed a close relationship with our users. All our projects were/are oversubscribed and we have received tremendously positive feedback. We have been approached by our users to launch this very important project. We also have our team of dedicated volunteers who are willing to lead on this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Simon Weiss

    He is an extremely active Director, involved in the every day running of the charity, and is in close contact with all those involved.

    Mr Meir Halpern

    Our Volunteer Coordinator will recruit and manage volunteers to run the workshops and support children in using the library.