2015 has progressed rapidly and we have been running hard to keep up with it (you’re not getting away from us ya bugger). We continue our efforts to deliver literacy and numeracy in formats that are appealing and reflect our communities’ needs and we have seen a record number of learners this year.
The early part of the year was marked by staff changes – we bade goodbye to Brendyn and Susan and hello to Steve and Elise. With extra duties and hours added to their positions we are in good stead for the future. We are also in the process of saying farewell to Gail, Elise and Mary from the governance team and hello to Maree and Katy as incoming members (room for 1 more if you are reading this!).
There has been a maturing in our programmes this year and we have a core of different courses that make up our service. Our learning centre continues to be our mainstay; tutoring adults in reading, writing, maths, trade quals, computing and driver licences.
This is extended and rounded out by the courses we run in and out of the centre. So far this year we have run one computer course, Skills for Life and Te Hurihanga programmes (for Corrections clients), Work Fit (a job seeker’s course), ESOL Work Fit (for former refugees, in conjunction with Red Cross Refugee Services), a Young Mums’ course and a course for Dyslexics in the Workplace. We have hosted the NCALNE for literacy tutors, te reo Maori courses in conjunction with Te Ataarangi and English for Employees ESOL courses in conjunction with English Language Partners. We have also developed a new website which Steve, Brendyn and Jan have been working on.
Much has been said in 2015 about the tightening of government funding for social services. We continue to meld together government funding and charitable grants with fundraising to make it all work financially. It’s not easy, but touch wood we’re doing ok.
In this last quarter of the year we will be planning for 2016 – we still need to reach the geographical areas of Nelson and Tasman where there is literacy and numeracy need. We have had limited traction with business and industry so we’re making plans for that too. We’re optimistic – we know where we want to be and that what we do is important.
We can’t do it alone. Thank you a million times to all those who support us: staff, volunteers, ‘’friends’’ and funders. We are an asset to our community and you help us be just that.