Acorns Read and Grow was founded amid concerns over the standard of literacy among some young people, especially at primary school level.
We help with the funding of initiatives, that achieve our goal of ensuring that every child has appropriate reading ability by the age of nine – so they are well prepared for secondary school.
We recognise that there are many reasons for low literacy skills, including; poverty, lack of resources, English as a second language or lack of family encouragement.
In the longer term, a low level of literacy can lead to some young people becoming NEETS (not in education, employment or training) This in turn can lead to low social skills/self-esteem and a criminal record.
Acorns Read & Grow are passionate in their belief, that improved literacy skills can greatly enhance children’s life chances and opportunities.
Businesses have a huge stake in these issues because they need employees with basic skills such as reading. In the longer term, society benefits by spending less on benefits and gaining fulfilled and valued citizens.
An inability to read can lead to unemployment, criminal behaviour and homelessness, and a tragic life that could have been avoided.