Over the last 35 years in business, The Acorn Group have worked with an abundance of local causes from schools and hospices to village fêtes and sports teams.
When we announced in 2018 that our corporate social responsibility efforts would now be focussed on the procurement and redistribution of children’s books, we had no idea how popular the scheme would become.
Affectionately named Acorn Book Club – or ABC – our CSR team set to work reviewing the flurry of proposals submitted by local primary schools, and soon embarked on our first official project; a Reading Chalet at Cherry Orchard School in Blackheath.
On 24th April, the student council saw their dreams become a reality, and the Mayor of Greenwich officially opened their outdoor reading chalet with colourful soft furnishings, shelving units and over 650 books - all donated by the ABC!
We are delighted to confirm that what started as a one-off refurbishment project of St Saviour’s School library in 2018, has now flourished into a locally renowned children’s book recycling scheme.
The Acorn Book Club was officially registered by the Charity Commission at the end of June and its Trustees remain dedicated to foster a love of reading and improve access to books in local schools.
Our CSR Manager Emma Fox said: “We are delighted that the ABC is now a registered charity and continue to be amazed by the support the community show the initiative. We could never have imagined that this many books would be donated and we are committed to giving all children the opportunity to access good quality books.”
Chair of Governors at St Saviour’s and newly appointed ABC Trustee Jo Chandler said: “I am absolutely honoured to have been asked to be part of the Acorn Book Club charity and can’t wait to announce our next project!” The ABC accepts donations of all children’s books – preloved or new – at any Acorn Group office across South London and Kent.
Check out the videos of their work so far and find out more at www.acornbookclub.co.uk