The Glenorchy City Council volunteer group certainly gave a very warm welcome to project coordinator Toni Shea-Butler when she visited. They had a lively discussion over an Easter morning tea, about the 26TEN Glenorchy LEARNs project.
They were amazed to discover that one in two adult Tasmanians do not have the skills they need for everyday life and work. They discussed how Glenorchy City Council has partnered with 26TEN to work with businesses, organisations and the community to help more Glenorchy residents to fully engage in life, work and community. They learned that by improving our understanding of literacy and numeracy people can come together to become a community that values lifelong learning.
Some businesses are working hard to learn how they can make their forms and documents clearer to understand by writing in Plain English. Others are getting help for valued employees who need to improve their skills.
It is also community groups that are getting behind the need to be more open about literacy. One volunteer is now considering applying to help others learn new skills.
Thank you to 26TEN for the article about Fiona and volunteer efforts.
March 2018 - Goodwood Community Centre - Toni Shea-Butler
The situation called for everyone to help. The apples were off the trees and needed to be prepared ready for the cooking lesson next week. As our hands were busy peeling and dicing apples, we learned from each other by comparing different ways to get rid of coddling moth from apple trees!
Learning happens in so many different ways. With school years behind us, we may think we have finished learning, but really, we are learning new things each day – how to use a new app, put up a swing set, build a billy cart, or use some new skills at work. By learning new things throughout our lives we build our self-confidence and valuable skills are handed on to other generations.
Glenorchy is a strong and vibrant community, where there are so many exciting opportunities to learn something new. You can learn to swim, make jewellery, improve your spoken English, reading, writing or maths, get your First Aid certificate or even learn about coddling moth in apples! If you are not sure what is available, ask your local Neighbourhood House, the LINC, Men’s Shed or even the local hardware about courses they have coming up. You may discover a new skill or passion, find a new career and even make new friends.
The important thing is that it does not matter what it is, the first step is to get involved and have some fun. Courses and workshops for adults are always relaxed and flexible. Better yet, they are happening right here in your community.
See what's happening at Goodwood Community Centre.