Reading Matters campaign sees ‘recovery' library open for homeless people
- 11 Sep
St Mungo's Broadway has opened a ‘Recovery College' library in Southwark as part of the charity's ‘A Future Now - Reading Matters' campaign.
This campaign aims to improve numeracy and literacy for homeless people as St Mungo's found that homeless people they surveyed wouldn't achieve GCSE grades D-G currently, reports 24dash.
Adrian Bailey MP, chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee said the committee was "bowled over" by the work being done by St Mungo's Broadway when MPs heard evidence earlier in the year.
"Swallows and Amazons is my favourite book because, as a working-class lad, it opened a world that was so different for me, it was so well-written and so compelling," Bailey said. "The confidence I had to master quite advanced books at an early age gave me the confidence to get something out of this education system too. That focus and determination had its roots in reading. I wish the Recovery College library and all its future readers every success and hope that reading helps them the way it helped me."
Kyla Kirkpatrick, St Mungo's Broadway director of skills and employment, said: "For many people who are homeless, trouble with IT, maths and English severely hampers their training and employment prospects and makes recovering from homelessness even harder. We welcome the government's pledge to prioritise support for the most disadvantaged, but mainstream education and skills programmes still have a long way to go before they work well for people who are homeless."
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