The hunt is on for volunteers in Islay to help adults with their reading, writing and number skills.
Argyll and Bute Council’s community learning team , together with adult education partners in Islay, is keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in becoming an adult literacy tutor.
Nearly 25% of adults in Scotland have some difficulties with reading, writing or numbers which limit not only their enjoyment of a range of activities, but also their ability to make full use of information or apply for different jobs.
Councillor Ellen Morton, Argyll and Bute’s spokesperson for education and lifelong learning, said: “We are looking for people with good listening skills, empathy with adults who wish to return to learning and also willing to become learners themselves.
“As a volunteer tutor you will need to have a creative and flexible approach to learning along with the ability to relate the understanding of reading, writing and numbers to the interests and activities of learners.
“A tutor’s capacity to listen to what someone is saying, and to think of appropriate and enjoyable ways of helping them learn what they want, is more important than a high level of qualifications.
“Being an adult literacy tutor can be extremely rewarding and enjoyable, and I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be able to help to get in touch with our team and learn more about what would be involved.”
Learning is usually delivered in weekly one hour sessions on a one to one basis in an appropriate and accessible environment. Help offered is confidential and free.
Tutors will be given free training and access to resources, and be fully supported through a partnership of adult literacies services in Islay and Lochgilphead.
The council hopes to deliver the initial training over three two-day sessions in the autumn. For those who want to get accreditation, Argyll College offers the possibility of further training through the local college.
Anyone who might be interested, or would like more information, is urged to go along to Bridgend Community Garden Open Day, 11a.m.-4p.m on Saturday 22ndJuly, where members of the team will be able to answer any questions.
Alternatively, please contact Pam Staley or Kirsty Simpson at Lochgilphead Community Centre on 01546 604750or email Pam.Staley@argyll-bute.gov.uk or Kirsty.Simpson@argyll-bute.gov.uk for more details.