The Next Chapter

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Become a member of The Next Chapter and help transform the life stories of disadvantaged children in the UK.

Some children have a childhood that is hard to imagine:

  • Imagine struggling to read and dreading that sooner or later everyone will find out
  • Imagine your school is closed and your mum or dad can’t help you learn at home
  • Imagine not having a single book in your home

The National Literacy Trust is dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of the children who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life.

As a charity that exists to change the lives of disadvantaged children through literacy, there’s never been a more important time for our work.

COVID-19 is set to have a disastrous impact on the literacy of the 4.6 million children living in poverty in the UK. School closures will only widen the attainment gap suffered by disadvantaged students, who are already twice as likely to leave school without good GCSEs in English and maths than their better off classmates. These children often don’t have the technology they need to effectively learn from home and their parents frequently lack the skills, confidence and motivation to support their learning outside of a school environment.

We need your help now to support these children through this unprecedented situation and to ensure we are able to continue supporting them when this crisis is over.

Help us write The Next Chapter in these children’s lives.

Join us as a member of The Next Chapter and pledge £500 to give children from some of the poorest communities in the UK the literacy skills they need to succeed in life. That’s just £10 a week. With Gift Aid your donation will become £625 - that’s an extra £125 to help us improve the literacy of even more children and families.

Download the brochure for more information

In order to become a member of The Next Chapter you can either make a one-off donation of £500 (please choose "The Next Chapter" on the Reason for donating dropdown) or make a monthly recurring donation of £41.67. 

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The Next Chapter benefits include:

  • Members-only events

    Be invited to exclusive events, hosted by acclaimed National Literacy Trust author ambassadors.

  • A signed book

    Receive a signed copy of a best-selling book by one of our author supporters.

  • Regular updates

    Hear about the impact of the work you have funded, and be 'in the know' with our latest research and policy work.

  • Visit our work

    The chance to visit or volunteer with our work to see the difference your generous donation can make.