Local Business Promise for Literacy

Implement the Local Business Promise for Literacy approach happening in England, like: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/communities/literacy_hubs/local-business-promise

Local businesses could:

  • Raise the profile of literacy in the workplace by training your staff to be low literacy aware and by sharing literacy updates with staff
  • Engage employees as parents by helping them understand how they can support their child’s literacy
  • Sponsor schools and literacy programmes and promote volunteering and fundraising opportunities 
  • Get involved in local campaigns, like barbers reading with children

Why the contribution is important

In the UK, one person in six lives with poor literacy. It’s a national problem but every community needs local solutions.

In the country’s most deprived areas, more than a third of adults lack the literacy expected of an 11-year-old. This undermines their wellbeing and stops them making a full contribution to the economic and cultural life of our nation. 

We know that local businesses can play a big part in raising local literacy levels because they have the resources, reach and local knowledge to make a real impact.  

by Sophie on September 30, 2016 at 02:23PM

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