Currently in Ireland there are almost 50,000 adults attending literacy courses nationwide. This service is mainly provided by the VEC Adult Literacy Services and is very dependent on volunteers giving up 2 – 3 hours a week to tutor. It’s a great thing to do and most volunteers say they get more out of the experience than they have to put in.
Adult education and literacy tuition is very different to learning in school. It primarilycentres on the needs and interests of the learner. Very often adults with literacy difficulties had a negative experience of school and it is a very brave decision for them to return to education. If you can read, are a good communicator and can empathise with and understand adults with literacy difficulties then maybe you can help. Through some initial training you can support others in improving their reading and writing skills.
This initial tutor training usually involves attending a class with other volunteers for one evening a week for about 6 weeks. Please note that all tutors are required to engage in Garda vetting without exception. Tutors may commence work once they have signed the declaration and the vetting application has been submitted to the appropriate Authority. To find a list of all the VEC Adult Literacy Services nationwide visit www.nala.ie.
Please note that not every Centre always needs volunteer tutors or run training. If you contact the VEC Adult Literacy Service closest or most convenient to you, the Adult Literacy Organiser there will be able to tell you if they need tutors at the moment or if they have training planned. When you finish initial training, the Adult Literacy Organiser will then try to match you with an adult learner.
We wish you every success in becoming a literacy tutor. If you have any difficulty in getting onto a training course please call us and we will try to help you locate one.