I'm really excited to invite you to support our project, which we are linking to our search for votes and a possible grant from the Aviva Community Fund.
The Gruffalo, Elmer the Elephant, Hugless Douglas, Spot the Dog - books like these are essential reading for families with young children across the UK, but blind and partially sighted children miss out – they can turn the pages of a book and hear the story, but cannot envisage what the Gruffalo looks like, or Little Sheep, or countless other illustrated characters. Please help us to include these children!
At Living Paintings we bring stories and educational topics to life for them. Our unique Touch to See books feature raised tactile images and have soundtracks which tell the stories while directing the fingertips across the raised images. They describe what is being touched, felt and ‘seen’ and are often narrated by well-known voices, including Martin Freeman, Mel Giedroyc and Sir Derek Jacobi.
These children can now feel the shape of the characters, understand a cratered moon or textured Gruffalo, using their sense of touch. The books include hand-painted raised images which are brightly coloured, for those children with partial sight and also for the shared experience - reading a book with a sibling, or a grandparent with failing eyesight.
It costs Living Paintings £60 per child per year to benefit from our free postal service of Touch to See books.
Contributions we raise through Crowdfunder UK will directly help us reach as many blind and partially sighted children as possible.
It is an exciting time to be part of our story - 2019 marks our 30th anniversary and we will be marking this with a number of events and campaigns.
Living Paintings relies on voluntary income to continue our work. If you are able to contribute towards our library of children's literature, enabling us to create and supply new titles as well as fulfil existing demand that would be just awesome! Thank you.