Issue 22  |  September 2020
In this issue...
•  Encourage young Tasmanians to ask for help
Daryl Quilliam asks us all to share 26TEN's new campaign to get young adults to ask for help with reading, writing and maths.
•  26TEN Week - we have resources for you
Check out some of the great resources we have for you to celebrate 26TEN Week.
What's happening
Check out the bottom of the email to find out if there is a 26TEN event or workshop near you. 
964 member organisations & individuals have taken action as part of the 26TEN Network.
1333 people have volunteered as adult literacy tutors, helping Tasmanians with reading, writing and maths.
48% of Tasmanians do not have the literacy and numeracy skills they need for life in the modern world.
9 communities in Tasmania are now officially 26TEN communities.
63% of Tasmanians aged 15 - 74 lack the health literacy skills for everyday life.
Message from Daryl Quilliam... Chair, 26TEN Coalition
26TEN Chair, Daryl Quilliam Encouraging young Tasmanians to ask for help
Have you seen our emoji campaign yet? If not it might be because you're not in the 17 - 30 year old age group that we are targeting with our new emoji videos. While the campaign has a great message for everyone - that you can improve your reading, writing and maths skills - we are aiming this campaign at the younger age group because they are more likely to be affected in an economic downturn. Also, they may not know help is available or be reluctant to ask. They may lack the confidence that they can improve their skills. Plainly, this is not true, as you can see from the range of people whose success stories we have shared. We can improve our skills at any age, so why not do it sooner rather than later. 

Let 26TEN change your world - share our message in October 
Sadly, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt by many Tasmanians and they need our support. Let's work together to highlight the need for adult literacy and numeracy skills this October, when we celebrate 26TEN Week. Please share our new campaign video on a screen or at an event in your workplace. You can also share our Facebook posts. In the article below, we've outlined how you can participate. If we could get more people to ask for help or to offer to help, that would be terrific. 

The 26TEN Tasmania Strategy is five years old
26TEN has successfully reached a milestone this year. We are five years into the ten-year 26TEN Tasmania Strategy. You can read an evaluation of our progress in a Report titled, 26TEN in 2020, that will be mailed to organisational members and available online, next month. Indivdual supporers can ask for a copy by emailing the 26TEN Team at The Report is interesting reading and includes valuable recommendations for the next five years. 

Please keep in mind that Tasmanians should know we value and need their contribution to our State, and help is available to improve their reading, writing and maths skills by calling 1300 00 2610. 
What can you do this 26TEN Week?
Let 26TEN change your world. 26-31 October
As part of the 26TEN Network of individuals, organisations and communities working together to lift literacy, we invite you to highlight the importance of reading, writing and maths skills during 26TEN Week in October. The theme is Let 26TEN change your world.

Celebrate achievements in building literacy and share the stories that highlight the benefits for all Tasmanians when we improve our reading, writing and maths.

Resources for 26TEN Week
Visit the What's happening section of the 26TEN website to find links to resources to help you celebrate and share this 26TEN Week. You may like to have an activity using the mini-poster that 26TEN Team member, Kate, is holding. Print a mini-poster, and fill in how you have changed your world with 26TEN. Take a picture and share it on Facebook, tag us @26tenTasmania and hashtag #26TENWeek, or send your image to us at 

The 26TEN Week webpage also includes links to a poster, invitation template, logos, and our emoji campaign videos. 

Organisations in the 26TEN Network will receive a pack of resources later this month and if you are an individual supporter who would like a pack, please contact us at
Kate holding a poster that says she changed her world with 26TEN by learning how to help someone improve their reading writing and maths
Kate holds up her mini-poster saying she changed her world with 26TEN by learning how to help someone improve their reading, writing and maths!
Sharing the 26TEN video
We invite you to share the videos that encourage people to ask for help. There's a cheeky 45 second version, and shorter versions for Facebook and Instragram. Go to What's happening section, click on the version you want. This will take you to YouTube. Then click on the share button under the video. 

Let's get our stories out there and encourage others to ask for help.

Share an article in your newsletter this October

Getting young adults to ask for help with reading, writing and maths
Lifting reading, writing and maths skills in young Tasmanians is vital to the wellbeing, resilience and prosperity of our State. That's what we are highlighting in 26TEN Week. Young adults are more likely to feel the impact of COVID-19 and the economic downturn. They are more likely to be unemployed. They are even more disadvantaged if they struggle with literacy.  Low literacy and numeracy skills can affect their confidence, work, health and family. 

26TEN's new campaign to support young adults is fun and friendly and uses emojis to encourage young people to ask for help. Please spread the word by sharing our videos to help change someone's world with 26TEN.

If you know a persons struggling to improve their  literacy or numeracy encourage them to call 1300 00 2610. By supporting 26TEN we are supporting our fellow Tasmanians and building a State where we all can thrive.

26TEN Week 2020

Encourage young Tasmanians to ask for help with reading, writing and maths.



25 September

Plain English workshop at Devonport Library
26 October - 31 October 26TEN Week starts - Let 26TEN change your world
Check out your local library for events near you & to get ideas for your own activities
27 October  Plain English Workshop at Glenorchy Library 
28 October Celebration of five years of the 26TEN Tasmania Strategy & an introduction to new members of the 26TEN Coalition 
28 October  Plain English workshop at Burnie Library 
  Details about workshops are on our website:
Contact us 1300 00 2610 or visit
For more information about anything to do with 26TEN please contact the 26TEN Team listed below, or email us at
Christina Roscoe
Operations Coordinator,
(03) 6165 5514
Jen Dunbabin
Services Coordinator,
(03) 6165 6122
Allison Mitchell
Services Coordinator,
(03) 6165 5512
Kate Boatwright
Services Officer,
(03) 6165 5515
Sue Costello
(03) 6165 5513

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