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Sunderland Literacy Aid is a social enterprise (not-for-profit), based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. We encourage the local community to engage with our free individualised educational and therapeutic workshops, as well as to donate their unwanted educational resources with us, for reuse, rather than taking them to landfill. We are the only provider of free educational resources in the Sunderland area.

We are passionate believers that words have the ability to heal and help address many ailments or issues including social exclusion, loneliness, depression, bereavement, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, isolation. Our workshops help participants overcome all of these complex and unpleasant mental and emotional states.  

Working in partnership with other local entities ensures that our work is effective, responsive and meets Sunderland’s real needs. We believe that by taking coordinated action at a local level to drive up literacy levels, can support increased educational attainment and employability skills, and improve health outcomes and social capital. This should help the local community to improve the employability situation, to be better parents and family members, as well as better citizens and to participate in the political life of the local community.

Sunderland Literacy Aid is doing it for the love of community. Only together we are strong enough to lift individuals out of poverty, improve the development of the wider community, reduce infant mortality rates, empower women and girls and positively impact economic growth beyond the local community.

The power and value of being literate in a literate society is played out every day around the world. Many individuals, and even whole societies, make considerable sacrifices to become literate just as others take it for granted. Societies that do not practice literate behavior are often squalid, undernourished in mind and body, repressive of human rights and dignity, brutal and harsh.

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in January 2016, point the way to a more equitable and sustainable future for all. They identify Education and lifelong learning as key to achieve poverty reduction, hunger eradication, improved health, gender equality and empowerment, sustainable agriculture, resilient cities and more equal, inclusive and just societies.

We welcome donations in books of any genre and for all ages, new or second hand ones. We want them saved from landfill and instead redistribute within the Sunderland community where and as needed. We are helping local schools, libraries, community centres, families struggling to make ends meet, refugees, asylum seekers, as well as residents of orphanages, adoption centres, care homes and prisons supplying them with free educational resources. 

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