Swindon Stories

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Inspiring change through words

The National Literacy Trust Hub in Swindon is known locally as Swindon Stories. In partnership with Swindon Borough Council and WHSmith, Swindon Stories encompasses a range of programmes and activities to equip children and young people in the town with the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.


Swindon early years directory

Swindon has a wealth of services for children in the early years and their families. Take a look at our early years literacy directory to help give your child the best start in life and support their literacy development or download the online resource below.

Download the Swindon early years directory

Create a Word Walk in your own home!

A Word Walk is an outdoor trail for families and settings which combines reading with exploring the landscape. This booklet has been designed so you can use pictures or words left as clues or checkpoints along the trail to inspire conversations and activities with your child.

Click here to download your Word Walk pack

Where could I set up a Word Walk?

  • A setting such as a playgroup or a school
  • A local park
  • Along a local walking trail
  • In your own garden!

Research suggests that children have a much deeper and broader understanding of the world around them if they experience the outdoors. It promotes good health and wellbeing, and supports interaction and bonding. A Word Walk is an opportunity for families to learn together, and for settings to take children into the outdoors to enhance their learning experience.

Download stickers for your Word Walk here
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Flyer and posters

Swindon Stories posters

Download and print our Swindon Stories flyer and posters which encourage parents to read and talk to their young children.

Get involved

Swindon Stories encourages businesses, schools and parents to play an important role in changing literacy attitudes and behaviours across the town.

  • Businesses

    Businesses have the resources, reach and local knowledge to make a real impact. Find out more about our local business promise.

  • Schools and nurseries

    To get involved in Swindon Stories, contact our Swindon Hub Manager Anish Harrison-Noble.

  • Parents and carers

    For tips and advice to help you support your child’s literacy skills at all ages, visit Words for Life.

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