ABOUT THE WEST SIDE LITERACY HUB

The West Side Literacy Hub is a network of local organizations and community members who work together to promote literacy in its many forms on the West Side of Vancouver. It is facilitated by the Literacy Outreach Coordinator (LOC), based out of Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. Funding for the Literacy Hub comes from Decoda Literacy.

Decoda is proud to support the literacy network in BC and works with 98 Literacy Outreach Coordinators (LOCs) serving 400 communities across the province. Kits House and the West Side Literacy Hub are one of these groups. These LOCs work with local community literacy task groups, or Literacy Hubs, which are made up of representatives from various community organizations such as libraries, family resource programs, employment agencies, the business community, the K-12 school system, and literacy organizations. Together, they identify local literacy needs and priorities. They develop action plans to deliver literacy programs and services that best serve people in their communities. 

The Literacy Hub meets regularly, and each year works collectively to host the West Side Literacy Fair – an all-ages event that showcases literacy in its many forms. Usually held in late May, the West Side Literacy Fair is an outdoor event that takes place at the Kits Branch of the Vancouver Public Library and surrounding area(s). 

 

 

MISSION

 

To work together to provide resources, education, and support for literacy initiatives and to respond to emerging needs and service gaps in literacy on the West Side through networking, collaboration, access to resources, and education. 

 

 

WHAT IS LITERACY?

Literacy is critical in helping us make sense of our world. From the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep, we are constantly making meaning of the world around us.

Literacy has traditionally been thought of as reading and writing. Although these are essential components of literacy, today our understanding of literacy encompasses much more, here are some examples of the various types of literacy the Hub supports:

 

Early Years  Environmental Functional
Civic/Social  Ethical Health & Safety 
Community Safety Family  Language
Cyber Financial Legal 
Cultural  Food Security  Numerical 
Digital & Computer  Foundational – Reading, Writing & Meaning Making Physical 

 

CONTACT

Literacy Outreach Coordinator

faithg@kitshouse.org