Would you Like To Improve Your Literacy?
New local service available
“I can now write and use computers with confidence. I write and send e-mails, add on attachments and send photos. This really helps me keep in touch with my family and my friends.” Quote from adult leaner
I am excited about my new role as Adult Literacy Worker for Highland Perthshire. My job is to develop and deliver learning opportunities aimed at helping adults (aged 16+) to build on the skills of reading, writing and/or using numbers and digital devices. I am also here to raise awareness, so here are some facts you may or may not already know about literacy.
Being literate is not just about being able to read and write or use numbers and digital devices; it is about how we apply these skills to everyday life. For instance when handling information, such as going shopping, dealing with finances, reading instructions, or filling out forms. Being literate is about communicating with others too – for instance by reading or writing letters, texts or emails. It is also about expressing ideas and opinions, making decisions and solving problems. All in all, we use literacy and numeracy for so much of what we do in everyday life.
It is not unusual for someone to have literacy issues - around one quarter of the Scottish population (26.7%) may face occasional challenges with reading, writing or using numbers and about 1 in 28 people in Scotland face severe literacy issues. Literacy tutors and volunteers in the area will provide drop-ins, one-to-one support, group sessions, short courses, reading groups and support with selfdirected learning. It is never too late to learn.
If you would like to find out more please call 01350 727669 or see Hi PALS Facebook page.
Livvy Ingleby, Adult Literacy Worker, Perth & Kinross Council
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