On Wednesday 30 October local families with young children are invited to intu Potteries to take part in a series of fun, free activities that will give them the chance to share stories, sing songs and play games together.Families are welcome to join volunteers from The National Literacy Trust, who will be hosting various activities as part of the Small Talk project. Small Talk aims to help parents turn the things they are already doing with their children every day into new opportunities to fill their child’s world with words. There’s no need to book – families can just turn up and join in!The activities will take place 10am – 3pm within the shopping centre mall.Children who take part in the activities will be given a free tote bag to take home, filled with goodies including a brand new book, bubbles, activity sheets and a fridge magnet.Sarah McDermott, Small Talk Project Manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We are excited to be working with intu Potteries and hope to see lots of families having a go at some of our chat, play and read activities! It’s completely free and families will get to take home some fantastic goodies – including a brand new book and activity sheets – to help them carry on the fun and learning at home.The events are being supported by the Stoke Reads campaign, which works with partners to promote reading and boost literacy levels. We are committed to improving literacy levels across the city and to promoting the importance of reading.”Louise Johnson at intu Potteries Shopping Centre: “I would encourage all families to take part in the Small Talk activities in our shopping centre on Wednesday. They are brilliant opportunities to inspire children to read and allow families to spend some quality time together.”Parents can visit the small-talk.org.uk website for fun videos and simple activities to inspire them to chat, play and read with their child at home every day.