Reading and writing – GCP’s literacy group in action.
The Scottish Government recognises that nearly 1 in 4 adults in Scotland struggle with their ability to read and write. GCP’s Reading and Writing Group builds the confidence of Members who wish to improve their literacy levels. There is always a big demand for this class with 10-15 Members attending regularly, between 11-1 pm every Wednesday. It can get busy, so early sign up is encouraged.
Here’s a little more about our Reading and Writing Group, a core activity within our overall Members Programme.
Flexibility and individual attention are obvious to see in the class. Nick and his volunteers go around the room ready to guide, inspire and support everyone.
Nick has been successfully running the Literacy Group for over a decade now. He enjoys it,
‘I just love tutoring and helping people develop their literacy skills, there is always a buzz and positive energy in the class.’
Volunteer Jane says,
‘There are loads of reasons people come along, from limited access to schooling when they were younger to things like undiagnosed dyslexia or learning difficulties.’
Some members practise writing by hand, others prefer the computer. Some, like Lee, write novels. Others, like Charlotte, enjoy reading with a volunteer.
For those seeking to build qualifications, GCP is supported to offer accredited Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to offer Level 2, 3 and 4 Core Skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Nick says he particularly enjoys handing out certificates to Members when they gain qualifications and seeing the pride in their achievement.
Nick has a calm, friendly and gentle manner which puts everyone at their ease and makes him very popular with our Members. He explains how inclusive and flexible the group is,
‘Some members are very talented and use the class as an opportunity to have the space to write anything, from life stories to poetry. Others may be complete beginners. We support everyone’s needs and are very inclusive and accepting.’
Whatever age or ability, it’s possible to improve your literacy levels. Alastair is 83 and has been a regular attender at the group for 5 years now,
‘When I first came to the class, I had no confidence at all. Without everyone’s help I would not be able to write poetry and songs and a letter to my cousin.’
Overall, everyone in the group works hard and loves the sessions. There is real positivity and a strong work ethos in the room. Michelle is here,
‘… to learn and enjoy reading books and writing.’
Mercy comes to the class every week because,
‘…they teach proper and are lovely people. I like to come every time and try to learn everything.’
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