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New briefing note explores literacy and numeracy support for homeless adults

This briefing note summarises research focused on the literacy and numeracy support offered by third sector organisations, as part of their efforts to help homeless adults move into (or closer to) work. It presents key findings from 27 qualitative interviews conducted with staff working in the Greater Manchester homelessness sector. The research uncovers the extent and nature of literacy and numeracy provision offered in these organisations, along with a range of factors shaping it. It concludes that although organisations have demonstrated a propensity to develop literacy and numeracy support, while government policy and related funding does not recognise and support such provision, it seems likely to remain piecemeal and highly contingent on the contribution of volunteers and short term funding opportunities. The research was conducted by Dr Katy Jones, Research Fellow at the University of Salford, as part of her doctoral studies at Lancaster University. 

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Please contact Dr katy Jones for more details at 0161 295 7030 k.e.jones@salford.ac.uk @katyjones88