Friday, 28 February 2020

World Book Day 5th March


Remember illiteracy issues on World Book Day, appeals local MBE charity head
Struggling with reading? You are not alone

28 February 2020: As the UK celebrates World Book Day on 5 March, literacy charity Turn Around is asking communities to think about those who struggle to read at all.

A 2019 study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that 25% of 15-year-olds had problems with basic aspects of reading, while the 2016 OECD Skills Study suggests that more than a quarter of working-age adults in England are illiterate, innumerate or both.

Based in St Mary Cray, Orpington, the Turn Around charity provides free one-to-one tuition in reading, writing and basic maths. Founder and trustee Michelle Paul MBE commented: “Literacy and numeracy – that many of us take for granted – are crucial to a happier, more inclusive society and an enriched workforce, helping to create a healthy economy. The consequences of not having these skills include being unable to get a job, tell the time, travel or engage socially. These in turn often cause low self-esteem, ill health and depression.”

Michelle added: “On World Book Day, we want to let those that struggle with reading know that they are not alone. We are here to help so they can build key skills – and also enjoy the wealth of stories being celebrated today.”

Turn Around plays a pivotal role by providing one-to-one tuition to help obtain essential life skills - from telling the time to completing a job application.

To enable more adults and children to benefit, Turn Around is calling for the government to:

1.       Return primary school maths teaching to the early introduction of methods tried and tested over the centuries including repetition. Bringing back the teaching of phonics in literacy since 2009 has already improved outcomes for many primary school children. This will ensure children receive a thorough grounding in reading, writing and maths, making it easier to teach them other subjects.

2.       Launch a nationwide programme to reach and teach illiterate and innumerate adults, enabling them to play a rewarding role in society and contribute to the economy.

Michelle started to teach children and adults in the 1980s and has since helped more than 1500 children and adults. In 2006 she set up the Turn Around charity to further this work – leading to an MBE in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

The charity is looking for volunteers to Turn someone’s life Around at The Exchange in St Mary Cray or at one of our outreach centres in Anerley, Bromley, Downham and Mottingham. Please email or call Lynn Bird on 07794 385 553 if you’d be interested in finding out how you might be able to make a difference in someone’s life.


About Turn Around: We help people to improve their literacy and numeracy through free one-to-one tuition, enabling both children and adults to Turn their lives Around by building essential life skills and seizing social and economic opportunities.
For more information, please contact Michelle Paul on 07932 034 479 or Lynn Bird on 07794 385 553

Friday, 7 February 2020

Turn Around is closed for half-term from Thursday 13th February. We are back open at normal times from Monday 24th February.