Helen was the first Reader to enrol on the adult reading scheme with Read Easy Melksham and is now their first Graduate Reader, having completed the scheme. She recently gave a very moving speech at Melksham library, which you can read here – it says it all:
“Hello, my name is Helen. I have been learning to read using the Read Easy scheme for over three years.
I would like to thank all those who have helped me on my journey, especially Elyse, who allowed me to used the nursing home lounge, so that I could read in comfort and safety. Also, I would like to thank Janet who was my first teacher for two years. And Pauline, who took over and accompanied me for the last eighteen months or so.
I was very proud of my achievements when I stood up in front of my church family and read the twenty third psalm out loud. I was extremely nervous, but everyone said I did very well. It was an emotional time.
So here I am, more confident, reading things at work. I am getting books out of the library with audio books, so that I can build on my skills. I am reading the words to songs we sing off the screen in church. I have also joined a singing group and can read the words of the songs we learn, and I am becoming more fluent. I can often find the words before I have to sing them.
I can keep track of my hospital appointments and all of this is giving me more independence and a good sense of personal achievement. Thank you for coming”.
The Melksham News were delighted to hear this story and published this article: