Birmingham Literacy Champions

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As part of Birmingham Stories, we are looking for people to become Literacy Champions in their local communities.

What is a Literacy Champion?

Literacy Champions want to help improve literacy in their community. You could be a parent, grandparent, business professional, teacher, student, retiree or anyone passionate about making a difference in their local area. You can support in person or online and we’ll provide training to get you up and running.

Literacy Champions reach out to their communities, encouraging and inspiring them to engage with literacy.

Why does Birmingham need Literacy Champions?

Not being able to read, write or communicate well holds people back at every stage of their life. As a child they won't be able to succeed at school, as a young adult they will be locked out of the job market, and on becoming a parent they won't be able to support their child's learning.

We need you to reach those in Birmingham who need our help the most.

We want all people in Birmingham to have a love for reading and it’s never too late to find that love.

What will being a Literacy Champion involve?

You know your local community and the issues facing it better than anyone. As a Literacy Champion, you will be supported to create your own literacy projects such as; setting up a story time, book club, writers’ group or a little library. You may also be able to help with existing projects such as; book gifting, look for a book, large and small-scale events and more. If you love social media you can help to create and share pictures and videos.

The level of involvement will be up to you, be it a few hours a month to a few hours a week, it’s entirely flexible and a great way to gain volunteer experience.

You will have access to training, support and information from the Birmingham Stories team.

As part of our Literacy Champions training we have a special eco-module thanks to support from Siemens.

How do I become a Literacy Champion?

Fill in the form below, or email birminghamstories@literacytrust.org.uk with the subject line Literacy Champions.