2022 has seen necessary changes and some significant progress in the
development of Literacy100 as a charity.
A landmark was achieved in March, when Literacy100 was registered with the
Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. By formalising of
our status there are clear benefits in terms of accountability and public
We were advised by the Commission to focus our purpose and objects more on
campaigning and less on educational activities. We were sorry, therefore, to end
our seminar series, and note the ongoing need for good quality training
opportunities focusing on literacy and homelessness. Our final two seminars were
delivered by Julia Olisa in January and by Doctor Anne Margaret Smith of ELT Well
in April. Julia’s session explored ways in which frontline workers in the
homelessness sector can support clients with literacy needs. Anne Margaret
provided a valuable overview of theoretical principles underpinning practical
strategies to develop literacy in people who are also English language learners.
Literacy100’s key strategic event of 2022 was a forum hosted in July by City Lit
College, London. Fifty professionals attended, many in strategic positions within
their organisations and all interested in the quality of adult literacy provision.
There was consensus that a considerable gap exists in current services,
particularly for individuals with the most complex needs.
We were delighted that the majority attending the forum agreed to contribute
their time and considerable expertise to work towards a Charter of good practice,
to be published towards the end of 2023.
Working groups were formed, to focus on the issues of learning, homelessness,
technology, research and advocacy. The Charter aims to achieve greater access
to adult literacy services and higher quality learning programmes. Where possible,
these will leverage existing resources, but we acknowledge that increased funding
is also likely to be needed.
To be impactful, our recommendations will require endorsement from key bodies:
central and local government; adult and further education providers; the
homelessness sector; charities promoting literacy; and library services.
In 2023 to 2024, we will consider how pilot projects might be funded to provide
evidence for the efficacy of principles established in the Charter.