25 years of changing life stories

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The National Literacy Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018!

Over the year we'll be celebrating this exciting milestone with a series of events and activities.

The National Literacy Trust was launched in October 1993. For 25 years we have led the campaign to transform the future of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people by improving their literacy levels. You can find out more about our work in our Impact Report 2016/17, including a timeline of our 25 year history.

In this time we have directly worked with 2 million children, seen a 24% increase in the number of children achieving a good level of English at GCSE and raised £10 million from business to tackle poor literacy. However, the challenge is more pressing than ever: in the last seven years the number of children living in poverty has increased by 400,000. Only 33% of these young people will get a good GCSE in English, and 1 in 8 do not own a single book.

To make a difference we need to win new support for our literacy campaign and increase our impact in the UK’s poorest towns and cities – places like Middlesbrough where 40% of the adult population is functionally illiterate.

The focus of our Literacy25 campaign is to reach more than a million of the UK’s poorest children by launching new campaigns in social mobility cold spots, including Swindon and Nottingham, as well as strengthening our focus on Middlesbrough, Bradford, Stoke-on-Trent, Peterborough, Manchester and the North East. In these areas, we will work with schools, businesses, health, housing, sport and culture; whoever it takes to reach the poorest families and support the reading and writing of their children. We are beginning to see real improvements in those communities where we have established local campaigns, but we need to redouble our efforts.

The support of our corporate, public and third sector partners, along with thousands of brilliant teachers and dedicated literacy professionals has been crucial to our success. We now need your help to change the life stories of even more children, giving them a route out of poverty. Support our work by making a donation.