This paper explores the interconnections between literacies learning, self-confidence, identity as a learner and social capital. It draws from a two-phased study of over 600 literacy and numeracy learners in Scotland that examined various aspects of their learning experiences and their perceptions of the impact that learning had on their lives.
In this paper we present the case that low literacy negatively impacts on the health of communities in the UK. The inability to access and interpret information stemming from a lack of basic skills presents individuals with a fundamental challenge to take control of their own health. As a result, health literacy skills should be considered an integral part of any public health strategy, and it is essential that literacy skills underpin such strategies.