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With a population in excess of 277,962 Sunderland is home to over 127,000 households spread across 60 neighbourhoods. Sunderland is the second biggest local authority area in Tyne and Wear covering a total of 137 square kilometres. Sunderland’s residents make up 10.57% of the North East’s population and 24.75% of the Tyne and Wear population.

Sunderland Literacy uses the practice of opportunity, innovation, and resourcefulness to address critical social and environmental challenges. It facilitates community regeneration in marginalised areas where unemployment, poverty and low levels of literacy are entrenched, and the mental wellbeing and emotional distress is detrimental to people’s lives. The vision is to transform overlooked areas into lively, connected and healthy communities, and to create long-term positive wellbeing as well as social and economic impact, and help people attain their chosen place in society.

The organisation promotes the advancement of education, the furtherance of health, the relief of poverty, the promotion of social inclusion and furtherance of community through a range of literary, reminiscence and training activities. These activities encourage and support the disconnected to reconnect with the community, and in the process, create vital connections through which everyone feels valued and more alive with an improved sense of belonging.

The team welcomes donations in books and other educational resources, new or used ones. The organisation wants them saved from landfill in order to redistribute within the community where and as needed. We welcome publishers and libraries to donate their dead stock and sample copies with us. WeSaveBooks/WeDonateBooks initiative exists to redistribute all book donations as educational resource packs to under-resourced schools, nurseries, libraries, community centres, lone parents, hospitals, refugees, asylum seekers, as well as residents of orphanages, adoption centres, care homes and correctional facilities.

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