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Local authorities and communities: work in partnership with us

We can work collaboratively with you, and your local partners, to develop a collectively agreed plan to address low literacy either across a whole local authority or in priority localities. 

To find out more about our work and costs, please email Andy Parkinson, our Communities and Local Areas Lead. Please note that Andy spends much of his time out of the office working with local authorities, but will reply as soon as possible. Email  

We can:

  • Work in partnership with you to develop and deliver a National Literacy Trust Hub in your area. Find out more about the approach and benefits and impact.
  • Respond to local authority commissioning opportunities with bespoke literacy programmes. Examples include our work with Oxfordshire County Council.
  • Facilitate multi-agency workshops to plan a shared vision and framework for action
  • Build a local evidence base – review and compile data sets and identify your priority communities
  • Provide research and examples of good practice from other areas
  • Draft action plans including communications planning
  • Make the case for literacy as a strategic priority – draft proposal papers, meet with senior officers/Cabinet and speak at local events
  • Support evaluation – review progress at key milestones, offer advice around evaluation methodologies, support you to apply Social Return on Investment models.
  • Advise on consultation with local residents.
  • Train frontline staff – increase their awareness of low literacy and offer practical ways they can support literacy as part of their work. 

Find out more about our work with local partners


Find out more about free online guidance and resources for local authorities and communities.


"The National Literacy Trust has brought real expertise and credibility to the work we are undertaking. It has been a critical friend and provided a wealth of research and examples of good practice to save us reinventing wheels."


"A huge thanks - the premise of working across all partners was initially quite daunting, but the support of the NLT in working through the partnerships has really helped. It has provided the initial burst of considered activity to support the drive…into working strategically across the borough…there is now an increased awareness of partners across the authority, common issues and potential solutions. The support has been excellent."


The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.