- Thursday 15 August 2013
Sunshine Coast Council is calling for volunteers interested in enrolling in accredited training this August to become an adult literacy tutor.
Community Policy and Programs chair, Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Libraries are offering the adult literacy training with funding support from the Federal Government’s Positive Ageing through Community Education programme.
“Research shows that nearly half of the Australian population cannot read newspapers, follow a recipe, make sense of timetables or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle,” Cr McKay said.
“Council offers free literacy programs for adults to assist them to become functionally literate by helping with reading, writing and basic computer skills and the volunteers play an important role in the success of these programs.
“Volunteers will complete an accredited training course and in turn help improve literacy standards on the Coast.
“Anyone can become a volunteer literacy tutor, complete the accredited training and obtain the tools and information required to help community members improve their literacy.”
There are limited spaces on the course and applicants will be interviewed prior to commencing the training.
Volunteer literacy tutor training courses are scheduled throughout the day at Caloundra and Noosa libraries on 26 and 27 August.
To find out more about becoming an adult literacy volunteer, visit the Library website