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Literacy event

20 September 2013

The Thames Reach Employment Academy held an event to promote and raise awareness of literacy and celebrate World Literacy Day, that was open to Southwark and Lambeth residents and Thames Reach service users from across the capital.

The event featured sessions on digital literacy, a writing workshop and employment advice as well as musical and spoken word performances.

Cakes were also on sale to raise money for Thames Reach’s Saturday club, a group of formerly homeless people that meet every Saturday and take part in a range of social activities.

World Book Night, a charity dedicated to giving out one million books each year to people who don’t have easy access to reading materials, also kindly donated a number of books ranging from classics
such as Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, through to contemporary works such as Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses.

Thames Reach’s employment and resettlement team manager Rashpal Panesar said:

“Poor literacy skills form a major barrier to finding employment and leading a fulfilling life. The event helped a range of people struggling with their literacy to get advice on how best to develop their reading, writing and computer skills.”

Employment and resettlement worker and event organiser Lara Taylor said:

“The literacy day was a fabulous event. The performances from the spoken word artists and musicians were so inspiring that some of our visitors felt compelled to perform as well. Our partners from the Reader Organisation, TBG and JobCentre Plus all had plenty of interest in their work and the cake sale was a huge success.”


Literacy event crowd
Literacy event