What are the building blocks of a literacy hub?

Literacy hub

What are the building blocks of a literacy hub?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed how the UK is facing a literacy challenge. More and more people are growing up unable to read properly and it’s affecting their opportunities to rise out of poverty, live a life they choose and value, and to get higher-paying jobs. This doesn’t just affect them, it affects everyone in the UK. With a reduced number of people able to read properly, the workforce shrinks. There’s no one to become the new backbone of businesses as older workers retire, there are fewer people available to support the growing population or the economy, and everyone is worse off for it. 

But there are things we can do about it. We can all take a proactive approach to solve the literacy challenge in England to improve lives. Some are introducing literacy hubs across the country to tackle areas and families who suffer from low literacy levels, hoping to break the cycle of poverty. 

What is a literacy hub?

Literacy hubs are a place-based approach to tackling inter-generational literacy problems. These hubs use community assets to tackle poverty and joblessness by campaigning, influencing, and supporting positive attitudes and behaviours around literacy.

Where?

Literacy hubs tackle areas where the community is at risk of low literacy. The work helps in areas where community resources are under threat and charities and the public must do more for less. 

Who?

Who can help? Literally anyone! Local authorities, libraries, sports organisations, educational organisations, faith organisations, voluntary groups - you name it. Even local businesses can get involved and help fight literacy challenges in the UK. By doing so, they protect the future of their business and the British economy. If every child leaves primary school with the reading skills they need, the economy could be £30 billion bigger by 2025. We can work together to provide support for children and adults at risk of low literacy and the resulting issues by coming up with unique strategies for the community. 

What?

The literacy hubs raise the literacy levels in the most severely impacted populations by bringing communities together to tackle a common cause and by bringing national expertise and partners to help improve literacy in the most effective ways. 

The five steps

There are five steps involved in creating a successful literacy hub:

  • Audit - Analyse data, identifying key stakeholders and priority areas.

  • Strategy - Develop a strategy considering long-term goals and the resources needed to raise literacy in the area.

  • Campaign - Campaign using local marketing and media sources to target niche demographics to further the goal of the hub.

  • Partnerships - Focus on building partnerships with organisations from a variety of sectors to gather the resources needed to tackle the literacy problems.

  • Implementation and interventions - The programmes and interventions designed to tackle low literacy begin. They bring new approaches to literacy to access hard-to-reach populations and help to secure more resources.

But none of this is possible without the organisations to volunteer to help this cause. Partnerships can help ensure children and adults learn to read properly so they can achieve their goals and secure better jobs. They help to break the cycle of illiteracy in families in vulnerable areas opening the doors to opportunity for young people. 

If you want to find out more about literacy hubs and how you can become a partner and help more people learn to read, get in touch with Alia Coster of Coster Content on 0161 413 8418. 

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