Adult Literacy Trust
The Adult Literacy Trust (ALT) believes that literacy is a right, not a privilege, and wants every adult to have the chance to gain this critical skill. We provide adults with one-to-one support to improve their reading skills and confidence, as a complement to formal education provision, ensuring that individuals who wish to improve their literacy skills receive the help they need to become successful readers, and to increase their life chances.
Delivered through a network of specially trained volunteer Reading Coaches, our charity works closely with learning providers – such as Further Education Colleges and Institutes for Adult Learning – to assist people from some of the most disadvantaged communities who could benefit from enhanced support, strengthening learners’ outcomes from their participation in adult community education.
Why Literacy Matters
When adults improve their reading skills and confidence it can have profound and lasting benefits, by enhancing their ability to find and retain decent-paying jobs, better navigate everyday tasks such as shopping or accessing public transport, access the public services to which they are entitled, and manage their personal finances. Increased literacy improves social connectedness, skills, wellbeing and mental health. It helps people to contribute to their children’s learning and to play a stronger role in their community.