Issue 7  |  MAY 2017
•  26TEN Progress Report - Tasmanians answer the call
•  Your invitation to a free breakfast with Michael Kirby
•  Hello from Sue Howard, 26TEN Manager
•  Thanks to Tanya Denison 
•  Gillian gets a job thanks to hard work and Scottsdale LINC
•  Developing the skills we need to build literacy and numeracy
•   Simplifying contracts for cast and crew at Wide Angle Tas

650 member organisations and supporters have taken action and joined 26TEN.
1303 people have volunteered and completed training to be adult literacy tutors helping people with reading, writing and maths in Tasmania.
48% of Tasmanians do not have the literacy and numeracy skills they need for life in a technologically-rich world.
Message from Daryl Quilliam
Chair, 26TEN Coalition
26TEN Progress Report shows Tasmanians are responding to the call

The 2016 Progress Report on 26TEN Tasmania Tasmania’s strategy for adult literacy & numeracy 2016-2025 has just been released and shows we are already responding to the call and coming together as a community to achieve our goals.

The strategy is recognised nationally and internationally as a ground-breaking, community-wide approach to tackling a problem faced by countries around the world. The report outlines progress against the strategy since its launch in October 2015.

The report uses statistics and stories to outline our early success in building the 26TEN network and encouraging organisations, communities and individuals to take action to raise adult literacy and numeracy. It shows strong progress towards building the community-wide effort that is needed for us to achieve our ambitious targets within ten years.

Thanks to our members and supporters

By coming together and taking action we are all helping achieve our goal that everyone knows about adult literacy and numeracy, everyone is supported to improve their skills and help others, and everyone communicates clearly. The 26TEN Network now has over 600 members and supporters, with 42 new organisational members and 396 new individual supporters since October 2015.

That’s more than double our two-year target!

Read more about our progress since October 2015.

Remember to keep spreading the word and let us know if we can help you with workshops, presentations or promotional materials. Note our free events in the Dates to Remember column.

Thanks to Tanya Denison
Tanya Denison recently resigned from the 26TEN Coalition after more than a year in the role. We’d like to recognise her efforts in getting the 26TEN Tasmania Strategy off to a great start in the civil construction sector.

In particular, Tanya promoted how businesses can improve the skills of their workforces through the employer grants program. She also ran Civil Contractors Federation breakfast seminars about workplace literacy, a great example of what can be done to build understanding of adult literacy and numeracy.

Thanks Tanya and good luck for the future.
Wide Angle Tasmania creating clear contracts

Wide Angle Tasmania received a 26TEN grant for their ‘Screen Access’ project to develop a set of easy to read and understand contracts to be used by Tasmanians involved in film and video projects.  Contracts are used by paid and volunteer actors, crew members and property owners. They will also develop easy to read and understand protocols to use when working with children on screen projects.

Wide Angle Tasmania is a not for profit organisation that provides support, training and equipment hire to emerging practitioners in film and video production. They currently have 350 members state-wide and have over 5000 requests for advice or referral each year.

Developing the skills we need to build literacy and numeracy in Tasmania

26TEN provides professional development to the people who build language, literacy and numeracy skills in Tasmanians and Tasmanian organisations. One way it does this is through the Adult Literacy Practitioners’ Workforce Development Group. 

Recently this group tested a tool designed to help managers of foundation skills services assess employee skills, find any gaps and use the information to do good workforce planning. The tool uses the new  National Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework.

The workshop was led by developers of the Framework, Louise Wignall and Anita Roberts. The Framework will be available in June 2017. 

For more information about professional development visit our webpage Professional development for literacy practitioners.

Gillian gets a job!  A success story from Scottsdale LINC

My name is Gillian Cassidy and I would like to thank the Staff at the Scottsdale LINC Center for all the help they have given me over the last 8 years with getting me through a number of online courses to help me get a job which I now am a casual worker at Begents Scottsdale.

I first started with the basic Certificate 1 in Information Technology through TAFE Tasmania and passed and my certificate was received on December 11. 2008.

On August 11.2010 I completed Certificate 2 in Information Technology and received my certificate that was done through Polytechnic.  Also on 24/8/2010 I did a Work Safe Smart Move online modules and received my certificate from the Government of Western Australia Department of Commerce.  In 2011 I completed a Certificate 2 in Business through Polytechnic and received my certificate on December 13. 2011.

Through these I also had help from Susan Alexander the Literacy and Numeracy coordinator and with the help of one on one with a tutor I was able to learn how to read, write, spell, and learn grammar and punctuation also do maths. I also got my confidence back to speak to people in public and I also have the confidence to tell people that I have Literacy and Numeracy problems and I am not ashamed to let them know.

I completed a Learning to learn course with Susan Alexander and some other people who are just like me with Literacy and Numeracy problems and passed on June.1.2015  At the end of the year 2015 I enrolled in a Certificate 2 in Retail with Leap Training/ Alffie, they are people who help with Literacy and Numeracy people to do well in their course. They rang me every 2 weeks to see if I needed help with any of the modules or if I had trouble understanding anything, they were very help full and I completed the course on 16/5/2016.

I did my work placement at Begents in March 2016 and got to know the staff and how the store was run, I helped customers, answered the phone and was shown how to use the computer, EFT pos machine to do transactions, I also helped unpack and maintain the store stock (restocking shelves with products).

On December 1. 2016 I got a phone call from the Manager of Begents Scottsdale Ruth Partridge asking me if I would be interested in some casual work at the store and of course I said YES and I have now been there for nearly 3 months and I am enjoying working there, so I thank you all for the support and what you have taught me to believe in myself again and do what I can to achieve my goals in life.

It is the greatest achievement in my life to be able to thank all the kind and caring staff at the Scottsdale LINC for helping me.

Thank You

Gillian Cassidy

PS. I am still learning and will all ways recommend people to do something with their life and if they need help with Literacy and Numeracy to see the people at the LINC to get help.

 Pictured: Gillian and Susan (Scottsdale literacy co-ordinator)
5 May Free Breakfast for members and supporters with Michael Kirby - Write for your client - The law and plain English
7.45 am - 9.15 am
Derwent Room Wrest Point Casino, Hobart
24 May Free plain English workshop - Glenorchy LINC
26 May Free plain English workshop - Launceston LINC - for more information

Free breakfast for members and supporters to celebrate plain English month with Michael Kirby

You are invited to join 26TEN and Michael Kirby, former High Court Justice and plain English advocate, at a free breakfast to celebrate plain English month. He will discuss the importance of making the law accessible to everyone and outline his ten rules for writing simply and clearly. These are invaluable for anyone who wants to communicate well.

Joining Michael Kirby in the discussion will be Hamish Locke, State Director of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community Legal Centre, and Terese Henning, Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute. They will talk about how failing to use plain English can exclude large numbers of people from fully participating in society.

Communicating clearly about the law is even more important for vulnerable people and the 48 per cent of adult Tasmanians who struggle with everyday literacy. Join 26TEN, the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, and the Law Society of Tasmania, for a stimulating conversation and light breakfast at Wrest Point Casino on 5 May 2017.

Event - Write for the client: the law and plain English
Venue - Derwent Room, Wrest Point Casino

Time  -  7.45 am for buffet breakfast, to be seated by 8 am. Event finishes at 9.15

Book in Eventbrite
Workshop pratitioners Louise Wignall and Anita Robert
Hello from Sue Howard, new Manager of 26TEN

Hello. I’m Sue Howard and will be managing the 26TEN team in LINC Tasmania for the rest of 2017 while Sue Costello takes leave.

I am looking forward to getting to know members and supporters of 26TEN and continuing the wide range of activities already underway. Working together over the next few months, I’m sure we will also come up with new activities that will support people to get the tools for life.

Close involvement with 26TEN

I have been involved with 26TEN since it began. As Manager at Burnie LINC, I had a role in the LINC Tasmania statewide literacy network and I worked with organisations in Burnie to establish the first 26TEN community. 

Background in adult learning

I have worked across Australia in adult learning, community development, and building management skills, mostly working with or for Indigenous communities and organisations. My other work roles have included leading change and managing statutory child protection services in state governments.

In these roles I have encountered many people who have struggled with literacy and numeracy. I have been involved in many different approaches to addressing this problem and will bring these experiences to the fore in working with the 26TEN Team to support the 26TEN network and Coalition
26TEN is a growing network of people committed to improving adult literacy and numeracy in Tasmania.

Business, community, government and individuals are working together to improve adult literacy and numeracy, because no single organisation can do it.

For more information about anything to do with 26TEN please contact the 26TEN Team.

Christina Roscoe, Mandy Keygan, Allison Mitchell, Jennifer Dunbabin, Sue Howard
(03) 6165 5515
1300 00 2610

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