Communities and local areas

We target our work in the communities that need help most, working with local partners to deliver place-based solutions.

Every community faces different challenges and we need local solutions. Significant government investment and a national educational policy have not achieved results in the most deprived areas.

We believe that by taking coordinated action at a local level to drive up literacy levels, we can support increased educational attainment and employability skills, and improve health outcomes and social capital.

National Literacy Trust Hubs and regional campaigns help communities to achieve these aims.

  • Our approach

    Learn more about our experience in local communities and the benefits of our Hubs approach.

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  • Local authorities

    Discover how we can work with you and your local partners to develop a plan to address low literacy.

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  • Hubs report

    Download a report on the impact of our first three Hubs in Middlesbrough, Bradford and Peterborough.

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National Literacy Trust Hubs

National Literacy Trust Hubs bring together local partners to tackle literacy issues in communities across the UK where low levels of literacy are seriously impacting on people’s lives.

We work with local businesses, health, education and cultural organisations to help raise literacy levels in our Hub areas. Our approach is different in each place we work because every community has different needs and this is the best way to create long-lasting change.

Each Hub has a public-facing campaign brand.

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    Bradford

    Since 2014, we have been fighting illiteracy in Bradford through unique, community-driven projects.
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  • Schools Birmingham

    Birmingham

    Birmingham Stories is the campaign to raise literacy levels and change the life stories of young people and adults across the city.
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  • Doncaster Stories - children loving books

    Doncaster

    By encouraging a love of reading, we’re helping the children of Doncaster improve their literacy levels and achieve their full potential.
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    Hastings

    In Hastings, we're working to develop a town of confident and ambitious young people with the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.
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    Middlesbrough

    Since 2013, Middlesbrough Reads has been working to improve the literacy and future prospects of the town’s children.
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    North Yorkshire Coast

    Our Stories brings people across Whitby, Scarborough and Filey together to champion literacy.
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  • Nottingham images

    Nottingham

    Read On Nottingham works with families and young children to improve their life chances by giving them the early literacy skills they need.
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    Peterborough

    Peterborough Reads inspires families across the city to read together, and helps parents to support their children’s literacy skills.
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    Stoke-on-Trent

    Stoke Reads inspires the city to enjoy reading and helps parents to support their children’s literacy skills.
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    Swindon

    Swindon Stories is an innovative campaign to boost literacy levels in Swindon.
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    Manchester

    Read Manchester is led in partnership with Manchester City Council and engages local families with books and stories, and inspires them to make reading a priority in their...
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Local and regional campaigns

  • Read North East schools

    North East

    Read North East is a campaign led in partnership with North East Literacy Forum to address the high level of literacy need in the region.
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