Issue 5  |  December 2016
•  Congratulations. We made a difference in 2016!
•  How low literacy and 26TEN affect Tasmanians
•  26TEN Week: A date with the Governor and other events
•  Workplaces benefit from 26TEN grants - apply now
•  Building communities with 26TEN grants - apply now
•  You're Spot On! Recognising good health literacy
590 member organisations and supporters have taken action and joined 26TEN.
1303 people have volunteered and been trained 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
Congratulations. We made a difference in 2016!
As Chair of the 26TEN Coalition I'd like to thank you all for making a difference in 2016. More Tasmanians than ever are getting help with reading, writing and maths. As members and supporters you are making it easier for people to feel comfortable asking for help. 

Working together is the only way to lift literacy
The Coalition has noted the snowballing effect that comes from everyone working together. Prior to the launch of 26TEN Tasmania in October last year, the 26TEN Network had 57 registered member organisations and 39 individual supporters. One year on we have over 100 member organisations and 400 new supporters. We have delivered almost 100 Plain English and Literacy Awareness workshops. 

In 2017, we will continue our efforts to ensure the snowball continues to gather momentum. The Coalition members are implementing plans to build literacy and strengthen understanding of the impact of low literacy in the legal, health, education, local and state government, media and construction sectors. With new Coalition members Judith Watson (health sector), Kym Goodes (community sector) and Simon Wiggins (adult literacy workforce), we will be engaging even more Tasmanians in the effort.

The sum of all this practical action is that we are making a difference and sharing the knowledge that lifting adult literacy and numeracy means a better Tasmania for all.

We thank and farewell Mary Bent
Outgoing 26TEN Coalition member, Mary Bent, has made a significant contribution in engaging the health sector to support adult literacy and numeracy. 

Mary has achieved so much, including enlisting a range of health organisations in improving literacy and numeracy in Tasmania and helping establish a health literacy supporters' network within 26TEN.  Also, general practitioners have begun referring their clients with low literacy to the 26TEN helpline as a result of a letter from Mary and new 26TEN Coalition member, Judith Watson. The letter was sent to all general practitioners and general practice managers in Tasmania. 

We wish Mary well and I am sure she will continue to advocate strongly for 26TEN as Chair of the Tasmanian Library Advisory Board. 

Best wishes for the Christmas break,

Daryl Quilliam and the 26TEN Coalition

Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff (third from left) with Coalition members: Simon Wiggins, Siobhan Gaskell, Daryl Quilliam, Tanya Denison, Angela Ross, Kym Goodes, Tim Tierney, Mary Bent, Judith Watson, Malcolm Wells, Ross Latham
How 26TEN makes a difference

This year, we have helped people who are now doing things they never thought possible. Here are just a couple of examples of people who have been successful in improving their literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Jade from Houston's Farm - Since improving his writing and spelling, Jade has been promoted at work and can now read to his daughter.
  • Angela, a learner at Glenorchy LINC, was able to get herself a Metro card online and can now catch the bus into town, without needing help from others. 
Radio interview during 26TEN Week helps lift literacy
Anne-Marie Loader and Brian Carlton, host of Tasmania Talks, shared stories about how 26TEN is helping people read, write, spell and do maths. People who heard the interview have contacted 26TEN and their local LINCs to ask for help and here are a couple of stories of what happened next. 
A motor bike licence makes the difference for a family in Deloraine
A learner heard the interview and asked for help at his local LINC after months of putting it off. He needed to get to work early, but couldn't drive. His partner was driving him to work, the children to school and then getting herself to work. Meanwhile a motor bike sat, unused, in the shed. The learner worked on his literacy skills with a focus on passing the Motor Cycle Driver Knowledge Test. He passed the test and now family life is much less hectic. 
A mother’s desperation results in help for her son
A mother who heard the radio interview phoned the 26TEN hotline and was referred to the local literacy program. Her son had won a performing arts scholarship but needed to work intensively on his writing before he could begin. An enthusiastic volunteer literacy tutor has agreed to work with the young man over summer to make sure he is ready to continue his post-school education. 

Ann-Marie says keep talking about 26TEN - it makes a difference
Thanks to Anne-Marie for the great news stories. She says it’s important for us all to keep talking about the support available through 26TEN.

"It makes a real difference to real people on such a practical level."

You're Spot On! .....recognising good health literacy

Do you know a service or person who has hit the spot by making it easier for
people to find and understand health information and services?

Would you like to put them in the spotlight? Let us know who you've spotted and we'll let them know they're spot on! Send an email to

"Spot On" is an initiative of the Health Literacy Network, supported by 26TEN. Literacy and numeracy are the foundations of good health literacy and improved health outcomes for Tasmanians. 
26TEN Week: A date with the Governor, chats with radio hosts, experts and communities, and, of course, birthday cake!

We started 26TEN Week in style with 150 members and supporters enjoying a reception at Government House. The evening was hosted by Her Excellency Kate Warner. We continued our fourth birthday celebrations with more events and competitions. Many activities were also held at local LINCS.

The theme, Read, write, count – online, highlighted that people need literacy and numeracy skills to perform the everyday tasks that are now online. Also, we talked about how low literacy can be a barrier preventing people from engaging with technology. We were delighted with the number of people who came to events and joined as supporters. It was a treat when 26TEN member - the Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy - shared a birthday cake with us.

Thanks to everyone who took part in 26TEN Week. 

3 Jan 26TEN Team back in the office
8 Feb Community grants close
10 Mar Employer grants close
The North West Football League is using a 26TEN grant to help volunteers build the skills to run a modern footy club. The League wants to attract more volunteers and make sure they stay longer by developing their skills and using well-written procedures. The League has eight clubs, each with large memberships that provide social and economic benefits in their communities.
Workplaces benefit from 26TEN grants - apply now

Literacy and numeracy are so important in the workplace. People need skills to read operating procedures, fill in incident reports, take messages, make estimates and budget.
Blue Hills Honey, Houston's Farm and TasNetworks have noted improvements in productivity and job satisfaction when they work with staff to improve reading, writing and maths skills and to make documents easier to understand. 26TEN grants have supported these organisations to build valuable skills in their workplace.

Applications for grants are open now and close 10 March 2017. Contact for more information. 
We are building communities with 26TEN grants

More communities are working together to support adult literacy and numeracy, recognising that one organisation can't make a difference on its own.

Break O'Day,  the Huon and Derwent Valleys, Burnie and Circular Head are all official 26TEN communities. If you are part of a community that is interested in working with 26TEN to tackle adult literacy, consider applying for a grant.

Grants close 8 February 2017. Email for more information.
Family literacy: the value of adults and children learning together in 2017

In 2017 we will highlight the important role parents and carers have in developing literacy in their children and the gains that are made when families learn together.

26TEN's role in supporting adult literacy and numeracy is crucial. Building skills in parents and carers means they can and are more likely to support their children's learning. Watch out for activities around this theme.


Get involved, become a supporter in 2017

Show you support the 26TEN Network and be part of the solution. It's the first step to making positive changes in your workplace and local community. And it's free. Many people have already joined and are invited to events, kept informed about progress and given information about simple things they can do to help. 

Together we can make sure that everyone gets the tools for life.
26TEN is a growing network of people committed to improving adult literacy and numeracy in Tasmania.

Businesses, community groups, governments, educators and individuals are working together to improve adult literacy and numeracy, so all Tasmanian adults have the skills they need.

For more information please contact the 26TEN Team

Christina Roscoe, Kate Lowe, Allison Mitchell, Jennifer Dunbabin, Sue Costello
(03) 6165 5512 or 6165 5514
1300 00 2610

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