Project information

Multi-sensory storytelling sessions

Our project aims to get children with severe learning disabilities out of special schools and into local libraries. We do this by hosting multi-sensory storytelling sessions and training librarians in multi-sensory storytelling technique. We aim to create a legacy of inclusion.

This is an ongoing project

Charity information

Bag Books

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  • Need


    For a mainstream child, learning happens in many ways and settings: in class, at home, with friends – throughout their community. But for those with the most profound intellectual difficulties, learning itself is a huge challenge – only possible where experience, skills and resources enable it. Our multi-sensory storytelling sessions offer those children with learning disabilities who are currently in danger of social exclusion the opportunity to participate in a mainstream activity.


    Through inclusion of children with learning disabilities in a mainstream activity. As well as hosting multi-sensory storytelling sessions in libraries across the UK, as part of this project, we will train librarians in multi-sensory storytelling technique. The aim of this is to ensure that libraries continue to liaise with special needs schools and continue to host storytelling sessions, enabling children with learning disabilities to regularly participate in this mainstream activity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide multi-sensory storytelling sessions for children with profound learning disabilities.


    » In conjunction with special needs schools, we will host storytelling sessions at libraries across the UK for children with learning disabilities.

    Success will be the inclusion of youngsters with learning disabilities participating in the storytelling sessions.

    Aim 2

    To train librarians in our multi-sensory storytelling technique.


    » After observing three storytelling sessions, librarians will be trained in multi-sensory storytelling technique.

    Success will be for the trained librarians to be equipped and confident enough to continue to offer multi-sensory storytelling sessions in thier libraires.

    Aim 3

    To produce the books the multi-sensory books that will be requested as a result of this project.


    » Produce the books (an average of three per day will be requested as a result of the storytelling sessions) for use in the participating libraries.

    Success will be to produce and deliver the books that are requested as a result of the sessions to the local librarians providing them with the resources to continue.

  • Impact


    Our multi-sensory storytelling sessions will have the long term benefit creating a local legacy of multi-sensory storytelling and inclusion of youngsters with profound special educational needs, helping them to achieve their potential. This project will greatly increase access to multi-sensory stories for hundreds of children and equip hundreds of librarians with the skills and resources to include these storytelling sessions as part of their regular library service.


    This project is releatively risk free.


    Participating schools and libraries are asked to complete feedback forms, the results of which are analysed and produced in a detailed report which is published on our website. All donors also receive a summary of this report and pictures from the day where appropriate.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £66,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Tour costs To cover travel, accommodation, staff etc for the storytelling sessions
      £36,000 Follow-up production Producing and distributing the multi-sensory stories for use in the libraries.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Clifford Chance £11,000 Guaranteed
    Hilton in the Community £9,000 Guaranteed
    Baily Thomas Charitable Fund £6,000 Guaranteed
    RTR Foundation £6,000 Guaranteed
    Vintners Gift Charity £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    This is a nationwide project and will cover England, Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


    The beneficiaries of our project will be children with learning disabilities from towns across the UK. The project will also benefit teachers from special schools and librarians from libraries in communities throughout the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Bag Books is the only charity in the UK producing multi-sensory stories for children with learning disabilities. We are also the only charity delivering multi-sensory storytelling sessions in libraries and training librarians in multi-sensory storytelling technique. Bag Books believes that everyone with profound learning disabilities deserves the right to reach his or her own potential. Our storytelling sessions have been shown to greatly improve confidence and ability to learn and understand

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stuart Cummings, Director Of Services

    Stuart and his team are responsible for arranging the storytelling sessions. Stuart will also host some storytelling and training sessions.

    Bernard Tagliavini

    An experienced multi-sensory storyteller, Bernard will tour the country delivering the storytelling sessions and training librarians.

    Sophie Baker, Workshop Manager

    Sophie will lead her team of experienced craft artists to produce the multi-sensory books to be used in the storytelling sessions and thereafter.