Change lives by becoming an adult literacy volunteer tutor
  • Tuesday 23 May 2017
ImageIf you would like to help people develop their literacy and numeracy skills, apply before June 12 to complete the Sunshine Coast Libraries’ Course in Adult Literacy Volunteer Tutoring.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Libraries have provided free literacy training to adults, with the dedicated assistance of trained volunteers, for the last 28 years.

“The Adult Literacy Program has assisted a large number of adults between 15 and 76 years of age in our community who have difficulty with every day, functional literacy,” Cr McKay said.

“They include school leavers, parents, grandparents, workers, unemployed, and people with physical or intellectual disabilities, migrants and many others who, for a variety of reasons, may be prohibited from participating in activities that involve reading, writing, speaking, numeracy and basic digital literacy.

“The adult literacy staff assess the prospective student’s needs, interests, skills and goals to enable successful matching with a volunteer tutor.

“The tutor then works on an individual program with the student, for approximately three hours a week, in a library or a community venue.

“Tutors receive ongoing support from the staff with students and programing lessons.”

The next course starts on Monday, July 17 at Nambour and includes a weekly 3.5 hour session over a 10-week period. Closing date for applications is Monday, 12 June 2017.

For more information, head to council’s library website, call the Adult Literacy team on 5499 5414 or email adult.literacy@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.