National Numeracy worked with Tower Hamlets Council to understand the needs of residents in the area. We then connected with organisations, training providers and charities across the borough who could help.
As a result, National Numeracy has established and trained a network of 60 Numeracy Champions across the borough, with even more people registered to join them.
Each trained champion is equipped with the know-how, tools and resources to empower their own residents. So, one trained champion supports many more people in turn.
Leanne Chandler, Skills for Life Programme Manager at Tower Hamlets Council, has trained all her staff as Numeracy Champions.
Leanne Chandler said: "We wanted to get all of our team trained as Numeracy Champions because we found that if you’re not enthusiastic about numeracy, it’s difficult to then have a conversation with learners about it.
"Personally I struggled because I still have a bit of fear when it comes to maths. I didn’t have a great experience at school. But once we got involved with the Numeracy Champion training programme, we all got enthusiastic and engaged and it just kind of blew up from there!
"Now our team are having conversations with their peers about maths, and how our learners can support their children, which has been really valuable.
"I spoke to Nikki Chatha, our Assistant Programme Manager and we came up with a plan for National Numeracy Day in May.
"The idea was to get all of the staff and residents involved and get the team thinking about activities that embed numeracy skills. And it was really interesting. I don’t think we expected so many people to get engaged!
If we hadn’t gone through the Numeracy Champion training and had this ongoing relationship with National Numeracy, it wouldn’t have been the big success that it was.