Issue 1  |  APRIL 2016
•  Message from Daryl Quilliam, Chair 26TEN Coalition
•  A new 26TEN Community!
•  The Power of Plain English breakfast: an invitation
•  Since the launch of the 26TEN Strategy
222 member organisations and supporters have taken action and joined 26TEN.
1227 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

Welcome to the new 26TEN newsletter, News and Numbers

As the new Chair of the 26TEN Coalition, I hear about whole communities taking action so that everyone has the literacy and numeracy skills to achieve learning and employment goals.  I hear many stories about how people have struggled with everyday tasks that involve reading, writing or maths. Some are sad, some are uplifting, all are very moving.

I feel thankful that so many Tasmanians are now beginning to understand the issues and, instead of judging people, are joining 26TEN to lift adult literacy and numeracy rates in Tasmania. We know that this problem will only be solved if we all work together. A community that values all types of learning at all ages goes a long way to achieving this goal.

Impressive work is happening around the state to implement the new 26TEN Tasmania strategy:

  • in future newsletters, you will hear from other 26TEN Coalition members about their plans for action in their fields of expertise such as health, education, the law, construction, and both local and state government
  • the 26TEN team is putting finishing touches on events for plain English month in May while continuing to run workshops, manage grants and meet with members
  • LINC Tasmania literacy coordinators continue their excellent work with volunteer literacy tutors who work one-on-one with literacy and numeracy students to lift their skills. Last financial year, 600 trained volunteer literacy tutors helped 2252 adults improve their literacy and numeracy skills

An invitation: the power of plain English

Wednesday 4 May at 7:45 am

Join 26TEN for a free event where a panel of experts in their fields will discuss the power of plain English in building both a productive and a fair society. A light breakfast is included.

Imagine a reform that generated one dollar for every one cent invested – a 9,900% rate of return! Fanciful as this might sound, it’s exactly what happened when one American state adopted plain English.

Neil James from Plain English Foundation will present case studies showing how plain English lowers costs and improves productivity while boosting services, satisfaction and social justice.

Robin Banks, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner will explain our responsibility to communicate clearly when giving people information that affects their lives. 

Tim Greenaway, President of the Australian Medical Association, Tasmania will discuss the impact of language on health outcomes for Tasmanians.

REGISTER for the power of plain English

For more information contact 26TEN: or phone Robyn Dewhurst on 6165 5558.

A new 26TEN Community!

Welcome to our newest 26TEN Community – Break O’Day, in north-east Tasmania.

Break O’Day was successful in the last round of 26TEN community grants. Community partners include the Council, St Helens Neighbourhood House, St Helens District High School, St Helens Rotary, Lions and Probus clubs, and St Helens LINC. The community is bursting with determination to improve reading, writing and maths skills and to help organisations communication clearly. We look forward to watching their progress.

The most recent round of employer grants has just closed. Watch this space for the results. The next round of the community and employer grants will be in September 2016.

Since the launch of the 26TEN Tasmania strategy

26TEN has:
  • signed up nine new members (organisations) and 122 new supporters (individuals) growing the 26TEN network to over 65 organisational members and more than 161 supporters
  • established a health literacy supporters network with the Department of Health and Human Services and University of Tasmania
  • held eight literacy awareness workshops and 12 plain English workshops
  • run two professional development workshops for literacy practitioners
  • been active on social media, increasing the number of likes on our Facebook page from 550 to 619
  • awarded community and employer grants with 16 applications received
  • supported two new 26TEN Communities, Huon Valley and Derwent Valley.
4 May, 7.45am 26TEN invites you to     
The Power of Plain English Panel Discussion; Neil James, Robin Banks, Tim Greenaway. Register now
23 May 26TEN Plain English Workshop hosted by Kingston LINC. Register now
24 May 26TEN Plain English Workshop hosted by Launceston LINC. Register now
24 May 26TEN Plain English Workshop hosted by Devonport LINC.
24 May Introduction to the Australian Core Skills Framework (Hobart). Register now
25 May The Australian Core Skills Framework: taking the next step (Hobart). Register now
26 May Delivering language literacy and numeracy in the workplace (Hobart). Register now
Become a 26TEN supporter

Free workshop anyone?

26TEN offers two free workshops for members and supporters to build skills of people who write at work.

Literacy awareness – 1 hour

The literacy awareness workshop answers the questions people have about adult literacy and numeracy in Tasmania:
  • Why do people have problems taking messages, following instructions or taking the right dose of medicine?
  • What is functional literacy and how do we measure it?
  • What is being done to help?
  • What can I do to help? 
Plain English - 3.5 hours

Using plain English can increase productivity and satisfaction in the workplace by reducing errors and supporting clear communication. Our free 3 1/2 hour course teaches the principles of plain English and gives you time to practise on your own materials.
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, Allison Mitchell, Jennifer Dunbabin, Sue Costello
(03) 6165 5512

1300 00 2610

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