Issue 19  |  December 2019
In this issue...
  From Daryl Quilliam, Chair 26TEN
Highlighting the 26TEN Chat & our collaborative approach to raising literacy & numeracy
•  Deb wins national award
Literacy & numeracy practitioner is recognised for her great work in Tasmanian businesses
  Growing a resilient and prosperous community in Glenorchy
Lifting workplace literacy & numeracy was discussed at a breakfast hosted by 26TEN & the Glenorchy City Council. 
•  Working together in 2019
We've listed highlights from the work of the 26TEN Network, this year. 
•  Employer grants round is open
Are you thinking about applying for a 26TEN grant for your workplace
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930 member organisations and supporters have taken action and joined 26TEN.
1 333 people have volunteered to be adult literacy tutors helping people with reading, writing and maths.
48% of Tasmanians do not have the literacy and numeracy skills they need for everyday life.
8 communities in Tasmania are now officially 26TEN communities.
63% of Tasmanians aged 15 - 74 do not have adequate health literacy skills for every day life.
Message from Daryl Quilliam... Chair, 26TEN Coalition
A Christmas wreathHave a 26TEN Chat this summer
I hope you have had time to take a look at the 26TEN Chat website. The website is there to give you practical resources to support you in having a conversation with someone you have noticed struggling with reading, writing or maths - there's a five minute video, suggestions about how to start your Chat and more.

Maybe you have even have had time to have a 26TEN Chat with a client or friend who could use some help to build their literacy or numeracy skills. Get in touch with the 26TEN Team if you want to know more. 

26TEN will finish the year, and the first five years of the 26TEN Tasmania Strategy in a strong position. We have been reviewing progress and undertaken a number of research projects that support the Strategy to guide our work over the next five years. You will hear more about this next year. 

26TEN Glenorchy Community - local solutions for locals
Through our 26TEN Communities Grants program, we know that building literacy is most successful when everyone works together. From my own experience in Circular Head, one of the first 26TEN communities, I've seen the value of getting people who live and work in the locality together to build literacy.  

This local and collaborative approach was demonstrated at the recent 26TEN Glenorchy Community Business Breakfast that we ran with the Glenorchy City Council. It highlighted the impact 26TEN has when partnering with local communities, businesses, government and other services in the locality to work together to build literacy and numeracy.

The character and challenges of each location can differ, so by getting to know the people, organisations and circumstDaryl Quilliam and Kerrie Blyth pose for the Advocate photographerances we can adapt a range of solutions for that area.  It's vital that we share responsibility for developing and implementing solutions. It's not one-size fits all, and by collaborating, we develop an effective response through collective impact. Read more below.

On behalf of the 26TEN Coalition and the Team, we'd like to thank you for your contribution in 2019 and look forward to working with you again in the new year. Have a happy and safe festive season. 

Pictured: Daryl Quilliam poses for Advocate with Kerrie Blyth at the launch of the 26TEN Chat
Good on you, Deb! National LLN award winner. 
Deb Guntrip, an adult literacy practitioner with TasTAFE, is the well-deserved winner of the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award at the Australian Training Awards for 2019. 

We are delighted Deb's work has been recognised. She changes people's lives when she supports them with their reading, writing and maths skills. We nominated Deb for the dedicated and practical way she helps businesses and their workforces, such as West Tamar Council, Fonterra and Peppers.

Deb's skill is to really get to know the business she is working in, whether by watching work on a factory floor, in a busy kitchen or following behind a grader driver while they resheet roads. She then combines what she knows about the business with the needs of the employer and employees to make sure learning is practical. Her students get promotions, new jobs, can fill in forms and go home and read to their children. 

The Awards are the peak national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

It's great for Tasmania to be recognised because no other Australian state supports employers the way we do with 26TEN Grants.

Find our more about Deb on our 26TEN Stories page on our website. 
Bringing the Glenorchy 26TEN Community together
26TEN and the Glenorchy City Council hosted a business breakfast for local business owners and managers. Glenorchy's Mayor, Kristie Johnston, was the MC and welcomed representatives from over 20 organisations to the event. She said that 26TEN and the Council wanted to bring the community together to discuss the huge benefits of lifting literacy in the workplace. 

The Mayor also welcomed guest speakers Royce Fairbrother, Chair of construction company, Fairbrother, Tony Willmott, State Department Manager, Urban Networks, TasWater, and Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training.
Participants at Business Breakfast
New strategies, systems, machines - we need to keep learning at work

Royce Fairbrother talked about how his successful business supports learning at work because there are always new strategies, systems, machinery and safety requirements. 

"At Fairbrother, we need a highly skilled and flexible workforce where people can continue to learn and adapt to changing conditions," he said. "Of course, employees can’t continue to learn if they don’t have basic literacy and numeracy skills – the tools for life." 

Benefits of literacy and numeracy - improved morale and productivity
TasWater has had two 26TEN Grants, to support reading, writing, maths and dgital skills at work.  The organisation has seen many benefits, says Tony Willmott, including better understanding and response to emails, reports and safety alerts. "We saw improvements in team performance and productivity including better planning and reporting of safety hazards and incidents. Morale and confidence also improved," he said. 

Collaborating to build skills locally, builds our State's wellbeing and prosperity
Jeremy Rockliff, the Minister for Education and Training said that lifting the skills of Tasmanian adults will also lift Tasmania’s economic performance, and our wellbeing. Working locally is an important part of this. "Through more partnerships at the local level, we will take Tasmania towards the 26TEN vision for a community where every individual reaches their full potential and makes the greatest contribution they can to our state," he said. 

For more information about 26TEN grants you can visit our website or call 
Jen Dunbabin for more information on  6165 6122 or email us at Jen will be back at work on Thursday 2 January 2020.
Working together - the 26TEN Network in 2019
  • 2019 began with the launch of the 26TEN Chat at three events around the State. The Chat was co-designed with 26TEN members and supporters and it's great that so many of you are using this practical tool with friends and clients, and by embedding it in your organisations' training for staff.
  • We gave away over 50 000 Chat postcards, most to 26TEN member, Service Tasmania who handed out 23 000 cards in 26TEN Week alone.
  • We’ve supported nine organisations and three communities with 26TEN Grants, providing over $500 000 dollars to build literacy and numeracy skills, and to support clear communication.
We made a difference in 2019. Thanks to everyone who's contributed.
  • We used co-design principles to update the plain English Training package, working with our trainers who have been using it to deliver free 3.5 hour workshops since May. Later, we delivered the first plain English workshop on the west-coast to a capacity crowd in Queenstown. Over the year, 435 people took part in 39 workshops.
  • We’ve shared the 26TEN Steps in 28 workshops, sending 489 people away more aware of the complex factors that contribute to difficulties with literacy.
  • We worked with adult literacy and numeracy practitioners to build their skills in eleven workshops around Tasmania. With the Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy, we are developing a long-term plan for a strong literacy and numeracy workforce.
  • We ran our 7th 26TEN Week and hundreds of members of the Network joined the celebration by having a 26TEN Chat, sharing morning tea or playing 26TEN bingo.
  • Many of you have shared stories to make us weep with joy at the changes people make to their lives and the lives of others through literacy. We’ve shared many of these heart-warming, inspiring stories. Check them out now at the 26TEN Stories page on our website. 
  • Thanks to you, our 26TEN Network members and supporters. It's only by working together that we will make a difference. See you next year. 
Grants to build skills at work 

26TEN grants for employers - open now

Employer grants support employers and peak bodies to run projects to increase the literacy and numeracy skills of Tasmanian workers (paid and voluntary). The 2019-20 grants close on 28 February 2020.

If you want to find out about how grants have worked in other workplaces, please visit our 26TEN Stories page on our website. You can also call Jen Dunbabin for more information on  6165 6122 or email us at Jen will be back at work on Thursday 2 January 2020.
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Christina Roscoe
Operations Coordinator,
(03) 6165 5514
Jen Dunbabin
Services Coordinator,
(03) 6165 6122
Allison Mitchell
Services Coordinator,
(03) 6165 5512
Kylie Carman-Brown
Services Coordinator,
(03) 6165 5515
Sue Costello
(03) 6165 5513

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