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We work to lift young people out of poverty through the power of literacy

At UK Reads we believe every child, no matter their circumstances should have access to books and to the literacy support they need so that they can experience the joy of reading and have endless opportunities in their life.

The UK illiteracy statistics are startling. 413,000* children do not own a single book and 1 in 5 children struggle to read and write.  

These numbers are continuously growing and children from low income families are the most at risk of illiteracy. We are here to support them.

Despite this digital world we believe it is an essential life skill for a child to become confident in literacy. At UK Reads we want children to know the pure joy of escaping into stories, learning new words the pride of completing a book, all the while setting strong foundations for their futures. 

*National Literacy Trust Statistic

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Our Programmes

Teachers

“Reading offers an escape for children which will benefit their mental health.”

Headteacher

Headteacher

Peterborough

“The books will help significantly with providing our most valuable pupils with additional reading materials to support their learning and foster love for reading.”

Teacher

Teacher

Birmingham

“It has given the family a project to enjoy and discuss together, it has encouraged parents to think about ways in which they can explore a story creatively.”

Teacher

Teacher

Exeter

Parents

“He has faced a lot of challenges and refused to read but now he will sit down and read with me.”

Parent

Parent

“Great project, has focused us back into reading together.”

Parent

Parent

“It was exciting, and it was fun, you didn’t know what to expect. Charlie enjoyed it every week.”

Parent

Parent

Children

“It was really cool that Tom was an author and illustrator with dyslexia- it was really inspiring!”

Theo

Theo

aged 9

“It was fun and it was special for me and my family.”

Milly

Milly

aged 8

“It’s built up my confidence. I felt like I could express myself.”

Jonny

Jonny

aged 10

Impact

Delivered books to over 13,000 children
Provided nearly 2500 literacy packs
Delivered Story Box Project workshops to over 50 families
Connected over 300 children through our Pen Pal Project
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Get in touch

 

Suite 225 – 46 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1DA United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7 842930125
info@ukreads.org
Charity No. 1154264

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