For a wealthy country with free education, we have a shocking literacy problem. 5 million adults in England alone have poor literacy skills; 48% of the prison population struggle with reading; only 40% of young people enjoy reading.
Life is very hard if you can't and don't read. You can't participate fully in education, employment, your community or in cultural life.
That's why our mission is to give everyone an equal chance in life, by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers.
Please help us change lives by helping people start to enjoy reading. Your donation can make a real difference. Because everything changes when we read.
"This is my first time I've done the Summer Reading Challenge. I used to hate books but now I love them. THANK YOU!!" Beryl, 9, Solihull
We have two structured donation schemes that we would be delighted to discuss further with you:
- Our Reading Guardians scheme is for those who feel they can lend entrepreneurial, financial or managerial skills through a donation of £10,000 or more.
- Our Reading Companions scheme will allow you to become a long-term contributor to spread reading through a donation of £1,000 a year.
Please contact our director, Miranda McKearney on Miranda.McKearney@readingagency.org.uk, to discuss becoming a Reading Guardian or Companion. Miranda would also like to hear from you if you're able to help with introductions to networks, contacts and other forms of support.
A one-off donation - at any level - will go a long way to helping make a real difference. We will shortly be able to accept donations online, but in the meantime listed below are ways in which you can give us your valuable support:
Online: We can now accept donations online via JustGiving.
Phone: please ring us on 0207 324 2544 with your credit / debit card details.
Post: please send cheques, postal orders or charity vouchers made payable to 'read- The Reading Agency' to The Reading Agency, Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA.
If you are a UK taxpayer and are donating by post please complete and post this form so that we can claim Gift Aid on your donation. We can claim 25p from HM Revenue & Customs for every pound you donate at no extra cost to you. Once registered for Gift Aid, we can claim 25% of ALL the donations you have made to The Reading Agency in the last 4 years and all future donations until you cancel your declaration.
Your support will help change the lives of people like Shaun Allison who took a teaching support course and joined a reading group after he completed the Six Book Challenge.