It is estimated that half of people with experience of homelessness have inadequate literacy skills to cope with the demands of everyday life. Some may be unwilling or unable to engage in formal adult education. Barriers include long-term health problems, inadequate life skills, financial difficulties, housing problems and, commonly, fear of learning.
Alternative provision designed to take account of these hurdles exists within homelessness and community settings. But availability falls well short of the need.
Literacy100 works to promote an increase in accessible, person-centred literacy learning opportunities for people supported by homelessness organisations. We believe that when these are linked to other support services, individuals have an improved chance of achieving their broader goals.
Upskilling staff and volunteers
We believe literacy should be considered at every stage of the journey away from homelessness. Consequently, we equip frontline workers with the knowledge and tools they need to embed quality literacy provision in their services. Additionally, we support communities to organise locally and mobilise nationally through our Literacy100 Network.
Engaging with research
There is a small but growing evidence base that links poor literacy to homelessness. We are committed to supporting emerging research and spotlighting key voices through events and publications, sharing 'what works' with our Literacy100 Network.
Engaging with policy
We believe that literacy needs should not be a contributing factor to homelessness. Therefore, they should be a key consideration in housing policy, user-centred design and implementation.
We believe literacy is a human right and a critical skill that makes a significant impact in ending homelessness.
We provide insights and data to support our work, and have pragmatic solutions to common issues.
We're open to new members, partnerships and ideas. We're keen to work collaboratively, to share our knowledge and to learn.