Arts Council England has announced funding for 30 innovative projects to help tackle disadvantage in libraries across England. A total of £3.9 million will be awarded to 30 local authorities’ libraries services and their partners from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund.

With £98,020 from the fund, Norfolk County Council will work with volunteers to support emergent readers aged 8+ to develop their skills. The project will use Yes We Can Read, a one-to-one phonics based teaching tool, to help non-readers to become fluent readers in six months or less, providing people with a skill that will support them at all stages of their life – whether it is for education, work or recreation.

Catherine White, director of Gatehouse Media, publisher of Yes We Can Read says, "This is an exciting project and we are delighted to support Norfolk's drive to improve literacy across the county."