Melksham’s first Reader has graduated!
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:
Time Credits given from Reader to Reading Coach
Ema (on the right) is delighted to be able to thank Lesley, her Reading Coach, with Time Credits for volunteering with Read Easy Cambridge. The Time Credits model is very simple: for every hour that an individual contributes to their community or service, they can earn a Time Credit. Read Easy Cambridge is a proud and grateful member of Cambridgeshire Time Credits, as they provide a great way to say thank you to their incredible volunteers who do so much – as Reading Coaches and on the Management Team.
Time Credits can be spent on accessing an hour of activity free of charge and includes: visits to local attractions, theatre or cinema tickets, training courses or leisure opportunities, such as sports club membership, etc. Favourites with volunteers with Read Easy Cambridge include Swimming, Clip ‘n Climb and Football. Some have ventured as far as London and visited The Tower of London and the Photographers’ Gallery in Soho.
Ema had not been able to attend school and missed out on reading with her children, but now she’s well on her way through Book 3 of Turning Pages.
She can now read to her Grandchildren which she greatly enjoys! Ema is also now able to read letters that are addressed to her, without having to ask for help from other people, which is really important.
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