United Kingdom

Meet the Charities 

KPMG's National Charities for 2012-14 are Action for Literacy and Shelter.

Action for Literacy

 

Action for Literacy is a coalition of two charities; Dyslexia Action and National Literacy Trust, who have responded to the changing charity landscape and recognised the value added in joining together to help meet the needs of the communities they support. Our partnership with them is deepening our involvement with literacy nationally and is enabling us to help more young people achieve their potential. We are also using our professional skills and raising funds to support national literacy programmes.

 

Literacy is key to escaping social exclusion. By improving reading, writing and communication skills people are more likely to have better employment opportunities and life chances. Dyslexia Action and the National Literacy Trust both work to boost literacy skills in disadvantaged areas and are excited by the opportunities available from working in our Action for Literacy partnership and alongside Shelter.

 

“The funding, volunteering and pro bono support from KPMG will make a considerable impact on our ability to improve the lives of thousands more children and young people with literacy difficulties.”

 Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, and

Kevin Geeson, Chief Executive of Dyslexia Action

 

Shelter

 

Shelter provides advice and support to help keep people in their homes and alleviate the distress of homelessness and poor housing. We are using our financial and professional skills to help Shelter tackle the problems that pose a threat to families losing their homes. The funds we raise are going directly towards supporting debt and housing advice services.

 

We’re delighted to be working with KPMG on this integrated partnership to help families affected by homelessness and bad housing. The number of homeless families living in temporary accommodation is rising, robbing more children of security and stability at the time they need it most.  With the support from KPMG, we will be able to reach more people who need our help to get back on their feet so that their children can have a brighter future.”

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive at Shelter

Literacy and homelessness

Homeless or badly housed children are nearly twice as likely as other children to leave school without any GCSEs.

 

Find out more

If you would like find out more, or donate individually to the charities we are supporting, please visit the Action for Literacy or Shelter websites.