CWU use Quick Reads to encourage lunchbreak learning

CWU use Quick Reads to encourage lunchbreak learning

Tracey Wilkins ©Private

Communication Workers Union (CWU) members throughout Royal Mail across the South West have been taking on many adventures while having a break from everyday work and the pressures of modern life. 

From murder mystery, a life of a solider on the front line or a romance novel there's been something for everyone to enjoy with a Quick Read. The books are no more than 100 pages, and can be carried anywhere due to their size. 

Quick Reads have been placed by CWU Union Learning Reps (ULRs) in Royal Mail canteens across the region for easy access while members are having their daily breaks. Along with the books reps have put out a book review sheet which lets the reader rate the book and explain what they think of it and who they would recommend it too next. 

Darren Rowbotham, Lead ULR CWU Western Counties Branch, said:

It's a great way to introduce members not only to reading but written literacy too, we are lucky to have a few learning opportunities in the South West where we can access GCSE funded English courses."

Exeter Royal Mail centre canteen workers have enjoyed the books especially with one staff member, Tracey Wilkins, having read them all.

Tracy said:

They are very interesting and not too much to take in. Any kind of reading helps you along in life, I do lots of book work so it helps me a lot."

The branch has seen some great activity from the membership, some preferring certain authors – the most popular being Andy McNab – and others keen to try something new. 

Darren added:

These books are for everyone and I would like to see them inspire members to take on the Reading Ahead challenge or even the possibility of a book club in the near future."

With the 2017 Quick Reads books now released Darren is looking forward to seeing more book reviews and adventures taken on by CWU members in the near future.

To order Quick Reads for your workplace contact [email protected]

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