The importance of good literacy cannot be underestimated. People with good literacy skills have better physical and mental health, higher self-esteem and better jobs.
Yet in Liverpool, almost 1 in 2 children begin school with substandard literacy with those living in poverty up to nine months behind other children. Reading aloud is one of the most effective ways to improve children’s literacy skills but with one third of children not having access to a book of their own at home and an estimated 20% or all primary schools without a library, this simple activity is out of reach for many families.
We want to change this.
The United Way Reading Oasis provides primary schools with everything they need to give their pupils the space and books to enjoy reading and the information their parents and carers need to encourage reading at home. This includes hundreds of brand new books, bookshelves and beanbags to create an inviting reading space, regular tools and tips for parents and carers and an interactive website to encourage shared reading at home.
Each United Way Reading Oasis requires a donation of £10,000 and we will be working with individuals, businesses and funders to ensure every primary school in the city has a dedicated reading for pleasure space by 2025. If you would like to support this programme you can donate online or get in touch for more information.