What is Adult Learning Support?
Adult Learning Support is a registered charity and a member of Literacy Aotearoa, one of New Zealand’s largest literacy organisations.
Tutoring is available for anybody in the Nelson and Tasman regions.
Our main office is in central Nelson with a smaller office in Motueka.
Our story began in 1975 when a probation officer named Dulcie Carson was seeking reading and writing support for her clients. She contacted Hawke's Bay woman Rosalie Somerville who had set up a literacy support scheme the previous year. Dulcie persuaded Rosalie to visit Nelson and train 11 volunteers.
As a result, the Adult Reading and Learning Assistance Federation (ARLA) was born in Nelson. It was New Zealand’s second adult reading association.
Since then, we have undergone two name changes and moved address a number of times. Our underlying focus and principles have remained the same.
Life-changing learning that doesn't cost a cent
We believe literacy is a fundamental human right. We are committed to helping people improve their opportunities, make better choices and participate fully in their communities.
Not everyone leaves school knowing how to read, write or do maths. Sometimes, people slip through the cracks. That makes it harder to get the jobs they want or study the courses that interest them.
Our friendly, qualified tutors can give people the reading, writing and maths tools they need to take the next step - whatever that might be.