A higher proportion of Wales’ young people live in poverty than in any other nation of the UK. 23% of Welsh people – around 700,000 people – lived in poverty from 2012-2015, with increasing numbers of people of working age affected. Social mobility is limited, and high levels of mental illness accompany low literacy rates.
The written and spoken word is a powerful and proven force for socio-economic change. It is the dominant medium for communication, and as such enables self-reflection and personal projection – both crucial for resolving or managing problems, demonstrating capability and moving forward.
Llên Pawb | Lit Reach
Lit Reach will provide opportunities for literature to benefit the health and wellbeing of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals in our communities. Literature Wales will work closely with Local Authorities in Wales as well as Snowdonia National Park to identify a range of specific groups of people who would benefit from being part of this new project. A programme of workshops and events will be created and will provide opportunities to work closely with writers, with the aim of having a positive impact on the wellbeing of participating individuals. Workshops and events will be tailored to increase literacy levels, employability, social inclusion, lifelong learning, self-confidence and resilience.
— Increased literacy and communication skills
— Improved self-confidence
— Improved mental health and well-being
— Greater social inclusion
— Increased employability
The community groups we will work with include sufferers of conditions such as MS and chronic pain, young parents, elderly people at risk of experiencing isolation and loneliness, and people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Literature Wales will also provide training as part of the project which will equip a new pool of writers with the skills and knowledge needed to lead literary activities in community settings.
Llên Pawb | Lit Reach is funded by Arts Council of Wales, with financial contributions from eight Local Authorities – Conwy, Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Caerphilly, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan, Neath Port Talbot and Torfaen, as well as Snowdonia National Park Authority. Literature Wales will work with the partners to deliver the project.