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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Helping hand for adults to gain literacy confidence

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:20

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THE Adult Learning Service, based at the VEC in Dundalk, has been launched for the 2013/2014 academic year.

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THE Adult Learning Service, based at the VEC in Dundalk, has been launched for the 2013/2014 academic year.

The service has helped many people gain confidence in reading, writing and spelling.

Ann, a student attending the Adult Learning Service, Dundalk has told how her life has changed since she decided to return to the Continuing Education Centre, Dundalk.

'My confidence has grown now that my reading has improved'

'I feel so much more at ease shopping and just dealing with everyday jobs,' said Ann. 'Making the phone call was difficult but I'm glad I did. My reading is much better and I feel more comfortable chatting with people and giving my opinion. 'Classes are small and it is so different from when I was at school.'.

Mary Reilly, from the Adult Learning Service explained that the service 'provides support for people who are not confident about their reading, writing, spelling or maths skills.

When people contact the service they are invited to the centre to have a chat. The person is then offered a small group class or a one-to-one tutor. All learners work at their own pace so there is no need to feel nervous coming in.

There are a wide range of classes available for adults to choose from including: spelling, improve your reading, everyday maths, and how to use a computer and mobile phone.

'For most people, the most difficult part of the process is taking the first step, making the phone call or calling in to meet us,' said Mary.

'I would encourage anyone who would like to improve their literacy or numeracy skills to pick up the phone or call in. We're located at the corner of Bachelors Walk and Chapel Street and the Centre is open day and evening Monday to Wednesday and day time Thursday and Friday.'

The Adult Learning Service, Chapel Street, Dundalk, is a free and confidential Service. For further information phone Mary at (042) 9353593.

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