Letterbox Club in the UK and Abroad

  • In 2007, the first year of the national pilot funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), involved 22 local authorities in England and over 500 children and their foster families
  • Booktrust received support from the DCSF to extend the programme to 1,600 children in 2007-08
  • In 2009, the Letterbox Club opened to every local authority in the United Kingdom, with over 4,500 children enrolled across the 129 authorities
  • 2010 saw further expansion with 4,545 children and 140 local authorities involved
  • In 2011, there were more than 100 local authorities involved with 4,500 children enrolled
  • In 2011 a pilot programme began in Canada
  • In January 2012, a pilot programme began in Nebraska, USA
  • The Letterbox Club is currently in discussion about extending its reach to Sweden.

Letterbox Club in England

Letterbox Club in England began as a developmental pilot initiated by Rose Griffiths at the University of Leicester.

Letterbox Club in Northern Ireland

The Letterbox Club in Northern Ireland is funded by Fostering Network Northern Ireland as part of its Fostering Achievement programme, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Government.

Letterbox Club in Scotland

Letterbox Club has worked with two local authorities in Scotland since becoming available as a UK-wide subscription service.

Letterbox Club in Wales

Letterbox Club in Wales began in 2009 as a pilot programme, funded by Basic Skills Cymru via the Welsh Government.