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About the National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough was set up in June 2012, thanks to funding from the Man Booker Foundation. As a result of its success, the National Literacy Trust also developed Hubs in Bradford, Peterborough, Stoke-on-Trent, Swindon, Nottingham, the North Yorkshire coast, Doncaster, Hastings, the Black Country, Birmingham, Manchester, and Blackpool.

About Middlesbrough Reads

The Middlesbrough Hub is known locally as Middlesbrough Reads. The Middlesbrough Reads project aims to improve school readiness, as well as the literacy and future prospects of the young people of Middlesbrough.

The Hub Manager, Allison Potter, has presented at conferences across the country, gaining interest from both the UK and around the world. The Hub Manager post is funded by Public Health.

Adele Parks – Middlesbrough Reads ambassador

In October 2019, award-winning local author Adele Parks visited Middlesbrough, where she saw first-hand the work of Middlesbrough Reads. First, she attended an EWT session at Easterside, then met Helen Ede at Newham Bridge, to hear about how National Literacy Trust (NLT) programmes have enhanced their ‘reading for pleasure’ agenda. She then visited the neonatal ward at James Cook Hospital, meeting with Sue Thompson, who helped establish the initiative in Middlesbrough.

Adele, who was already a trustee of the NLT, has become the Middlesbrough Hub’s ambassador, meaning she gets involved in local activity more often.

Read an interview with Adele Parks, ambassador for Middlesbrough Reads.

Adele Parks - Middlesbrough Reads Ambassador