Books for Children in Boro to support literacy learning during lockdown

The National Literacy Trust (NLT) are a national charity, whose aim is to support increased educational attainment and employability skills, and improve health outcomes and social capital by combating low literacy skills. NLT opened their first Literacy Hub in Middlesbrough nearly six years ago, where they identified the early years (birth to age five) as a key focus, as five year olds were starting school with some of the lowest communication, language and literacy skills in the country. They deliver targeted programmes, supported by an integrated campaign to encourage parents to read with their children from day one.  Despite their usual activities being placed on hold due to the pandemic, one of the ways NLT has responded to Covid-relief in Middlesbrough, has been to provide books into households which would otherwise not have access to them. TVCF were very happy to support the charity so that they were able to supply books for children of all ages, which have either been hand-delivered by social workers to families who are still receiving visits, or included in food parcels as they are distributed.

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