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The North East

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The National Literacy Trust in the North East works with the community to empower children and families with the literacy skills needed to get the most out of life.

We work with local organisations and businesses to strengthen the culture of reading, writing, speaking and listening across the region and engage businesses to play an important role in addressing the literacy challenge.

Our campaign work is focused in the four main areas with the highest levels of deprivation and lowest levels of literacy: Newcastle, Gateshead, Stockton and Redcar. We provide free books, events, and activities for primary school aged children, and cater to families with little ones aged 0-5 years old through our flagship early years programmes, First Words Together and Early Words Together which are part of our newly launched Early Words Matter campaign.

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Meet Zahra, North East Literacy Champion

To mark National Volunteers’ Week from 3 – 9 June, we spoke with North East Literacy Champion Zahra about her experience of supporting refugee families with language and literacy skills.

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Volunteer with us

Would you like to make a difference in your local area?

Sign up as a volunteer Literacy Champion and, if you live in the North East, you'll have the chance to join our fantastic team of supported volunteers! Find out more about becoming a Literacy Champion and sign up with the link below.

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We've been in the news!

Check out this BBC North East interview with our wonderful Literacy Champion volunteer, Kerry, who is helping to change life stories in the North East.

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  • We have lots of useful tips, guidance and free activities for parents, to help you support your child's literacy development as they grow.
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  • Read North East supports schools to make literacy improvement a priority and encourage pupils to read for pleasure.
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  • We rely on the generous support of individuals, schools, communities and businesses to help us continue our vital work in the North East.
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