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One person in six in the UK lives with poor literacy. This holds them back at every stage of their life. As a child they won't be able to succeed at school, as a young adult they will be locked out of the job market, and on becoming a parent they won't be able to support their child's learning. 

Lacking these vital skills undermines their wellbeing and stops them making a full contribution to the economic and cultural life of our nation. 

The National Literacy Trust is a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Our innovative projects in hundreds of disadvantaged communities help young people to become keen and confident readers, writers and communicators. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy and drive our interventions. Since low literacy is intergenerational, we focus our work on families, young people and children. We establish literacy projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents and we support schools. 

Last year we supported 1,548 families in deprived areas, trained 95,515 teachers impacting on approximately 687,750 children and gave over 9 million free books to children and families. 

Find out more in our impact report or donate now.