The story behind the trail

Explore your city and discover new adventures through the power of stories and reading.

The National Literacy Trust and the Bupa Foundation have partnered to create the Salford Literacy Trail. 20 BookBench sculptures will appear across Salford this summer, from 14 July – 9 September. The colourful benches have been co-created by local schools and artists, to help bring joy to our community and inspire reading.

When you encourage a child to read, you’re not just engaging them with the magic of stories, you’re helping them learn and develop skills that will support them throughout their lives.

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Discover our BookBenches and win a prize!

We’d love to hear about your experience of the trail. This survey takes no longer than five minutes to complete, and you’ll be entered into our prize draw to win Quayside MediaCity experience vouchers, book bundles and more!

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The National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust is transforming lives through literacy and are dedicated to raising literacy levels across the UK. We work with families, schools, and in the communities where low levels of literacy and social mobility are seriously impacting people’s lives.

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Bupa Foundation

The Bupa Foundation is a charity funded entirely by global healthcare company, Bupa. The charity champions the importance of mental health, funding and delivering practical projects that have a positive impact on people’s mental health.

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Latest news

Find out the latest news and exciting events happening with the Salford Literacy Trail!

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Salford Literacy Trail launches at Bupa Place

Read about our launch at BUPA in Salford Quays.

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Creating the Elmer BookBench

Read on to discover how the Elmer BookBench was born.

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Monday, May 30, 2022

The Story of the Trail

By Anna Russell, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Director, Bupa Global & UK and Bupa Foundation Director

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Get in touch to learn more

If you have any questions or comments about the Salford Literacy Trail, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Interested in buying a bench?

Want to buy a BookBench? Email to join our auction. All the money raised will fun local literacy projects.

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