Action Week 16-20 June 2014 - Action on skills

Half of homeless people lack the basic English skills needed for everyday life

Literacy infographic AW 2014 207x154We all use English and maths in our everyday lives: from getting the bus, to getting a job, from reading our post to reading a good book. But for many homeless people, this is not possible.

Thank you to everyone who joined us during Action Week to demand action on skills.

During Action Week we published a new report, Reading Counts: Why English and maths skills matter in tackling homelessness. The report shows that people who are homeless have often had a poor experience of school, often connected to unstable and traumatic childhoods. People who lack basic skills are also likely to find it harder to recover from homelessness. You can read a summary of the report here, and the full report here.

“I was told I was stupid and chaotic which I then believed. I didn’t spend much time in school so didn’t improve my literacy. I had no self esteem or confidence and am only starting to build on this now.” – Tracy

Success for our Reading Matters campaign

Matt Hancock with his pledge boardAt our parliamentary reception on Monday 16 June Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise pledged his support to help homeless people improve their English and maths.

Thank you to our 2,700 campaigners who helped to make this happen by signing our petition. You can read more about his pledge, here.

You can still help 

  • Sign up to receive future campaign updates and actions here.
  • Classical Brit Award winning band, Blake, released a new single,  Home, in aid of St Mungo's Broadway during our action week in June. You can buy it here.
  • This unique book sculpture was created for us by Emma Taylor to help us to raise vital funds for our Recovery College library. We are selling it to the highest bidder.
  • Donate and help us to help homeless people rebuild their lives.