What We Do

The Literacy Hubs exists to help young people develop the literacy skills they need to thrive.

We work with local communities to create learning programs that meet their specific literacy
needs, and each hub is individually designed to best support the community it serves.

The Literacy Hubs provides unique, creative and adventurous learning environments that inspire young people, from the least advantaged communities, to improve their literacy skills and fall in love with reading and writing.


We collaborate with local communities to create a range of literacy hubs across the area. Each hub is designed to best support the literacy needs of the community it serves. Find out more about our hubs, here.


We work with local communities to create a hub that best supports their literacy needs. This might involve young people or adults. Each hub has a different approach because every community has different needs and this is the best way to create lasting change. Every hub brings together local partners in our communities across Portsmouth where low levels of literacy are seriously impacting people’s lives. 


We couldn’t do what we do without our incredible volunteers. We are currently recruiting volunteers for our Portsmouth hubs. Click here to find our more.

Why are we needed?

Nearly a quarter of the children in Portsmouth live in poverty. Children from low-income backgrounds are twice as likely to fall below expected levels of reading and writing by age 11 than their peers from wealthier homes. Therefore, they are already at least two years behind in reading ability when they start secondary school, putting them at a huge disadvantage.

Timely support given to a child who is falling behind with their literacy skills can stop them from falling further behind, catch them up with their peers and transform their life, giving them an equal chance to achieve their potential.

Due to Covid-19 related school closures, our work has become even more crucial as the literacy gap between those less advantaged children and their peers has become even wider. Our hubs support schools in closing this gap. For schools enquiring about our provision please complete our contact from.

The Literacy Hubs is funded by:

The Literacy Hubs is a registered charity. Our charity number is: 1189791