Bag Books is a UK-wide charity that makes multi-sensory books for children and adults with Severe Learning Disabilities or Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. Bag Books is the only charity organisation in the world publishing multi-sensory books specifically for people with learning disabilities. It was founded in 1993 and it aimed at those who cannot benefit from mainstream books. Every year, Bag Books reaches around 19,000 children and adults throughout the UK with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD), Severe Learning Disabilities (SLD) or those who are severely affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They are also hugely beneficial to people with visual and hearing impairments.
Bag Books – Main Activities
Bag Books tells stories through voice and emotion rather than words and pictures. However, there are many different activities that are conducted by the charity, Bag Books. Their main activities include design and production of a range of multi-sensory books, providing specialist multi-sensory storytellers and training others in multi-sensory storytelling technique.
Bag Books make around 1,000 books every year. These books are hand-crafted in their workshop and each one takes an average of 8 hours to make. The charity conducts many storytelling sessions across the UK and almost 5,000 people with learning disabilities take part in these sessions each year. The Bag Books charity also trains around 500 people in the art of multi-sensory storytelling every year.
Bag Books has received much recognition for its hard work and dedication towards impacting the lives of children and adults with learning difficulties. In 2013, the charity was awarded Charity of the Year (with an income of less than £1m) at the Charity Times Charity Awards 2013. Earlier, in 2010, Bag Books received commendation by winning the Guardian Charity Awards and the DSC Social Change Awards’ Everyday Impact Award.