"In running The Reading Agency's work on the government's Splash and PAYP programmes, Sue Stewart of Write2B has done a wonderfully effective job, combining government liaison with the creation of briefing materials for libraries, project evaluation with partnership building. We are immensely grateful to her."

Miranda McKearney
Director
The Reading Agency

Positive Activities for Young People 2003-2006

In 2003, Sue was commissioned by The Reading Agency to manage libraries' contribution to Positive Activities for Young People, the government's multi-million pound programme of activity aimed at young people at risk of offending. PAYP joined up several pre-existing schemes from 2002, including Splash Extra. PAYP, however, is a much broader programme, running throughout all the holidays, across the whole of England, for a three-year period, involving massive investment by Government and National Lottery.

Funding for PAYP is administered regionally, via Government Offices, which means that library authorities are involved in the bidding process on a local level. The Reading Agency has therefore taken more of an advocacy role, funded by Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Sue was therefore commissioned to undertake the following areas of work:

In the first year of PAYP, library authorities across the UK accessed over £100,000 funding to deliver reader development programmes during the summer and Christmas holidays. Many more established the necessary partnerships and planning to make more ambitious bids in the second year. Write2B, on behalf of The Reading Agency, has also brokered a planning role for libraries at regional level, a move facilitated by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.