National Literacy Trust – Middlesbrough Reads

The National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough was established in June 2012 thanks to funding from the Man Booker Foundation. Following its successful rollout, the National Literacy Trust has since developed Hubs in Bradford, Peterborough, Stoke-on-Trent, Swindon, Nottingham, the North Yorkshire Coast, Doncaster, Hastings, the Black Country, Birmingham, Manchester and Blackpool.

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Allison Potter - Hub Manager

The Middlesbrough Hub is known locally as Middlesbrough Reads, with the Hub Manager post funded by Public Health. Together, both parties share the aim of improving school readiness and, ultimately, the attainment outcomes of the young people of Middlesbrough. The Hub Manager, Allison Potter, has presented at conferences across the country, driving interest from both the UK and around the world.

Adele Parks – Middlesbrough Reads Ambassador

In October 2019, award winning local author, Adele Parks, visited Middlesbrough, where she saw some of the work of #BoroReads first-hand, attending an EWT session at Easterside, then meeting Helen Ede at Newham Bridge, to hear how engaging with NLT programmes has enhanced their Reading for Pleasure agenda before visiting the Neonatal ward at JCUH, meeting with Sue Thompson who helped establish the initiative in Middlesbrough.  Adele, as a Trustee of the NLT, has become the Hub’s Ambassador, leading to more frequent involvement in local activity.

Read the Question & Answer with Adele Parks, ambassador for Middlesbrough Reads

Adele Parks - Middlesbrough Reads Ambassador