FRED+ is a FREE service for people who live in the Forest of Dean and surrounding area and would like to improve their reading and early writing skills
16.4% of adults in England, or 7.1 million people, can be described as having ‘very poor literacy skills.’ They can understand short straightforward texts on familiar topics accurately and independently, and obtain information from everyday sources, but reading information from unfamiliar sources, or on unfamiliar topics, could cause problems. This is also known as being functionally illiterate.
We probably all know someone who doesn’t read very well or struggles with spelling and basic writing tasks but has discovered coping strategies so people are not aware of their difficulties. It is very common and can greatly restrict a person’s life, not only in terms of low self-esteem but also in many practical ways. For example they may have difficulty with:
- Coping with everyday activities such as shopping or using public transport
- Understanding basic health information
- Applying for jobs
- Supporting children and grandchildren with their learning
- Joining in with social activities and community life
- Participating in public life such as being able to vote
We know that it can be a huge step for people, who have always found reading and writing difficult, to ask for help and put their trust in us.
This is why we ensure that all the coaching we provide is:
One-to-one – much less intimidating than joining a class. It means that Learners can work at their own pace with reading and writing resources that interest them.
Free – to anyone who lives in the Forest of Dean and nearby areas of Herefordshire & Monmouthshire.
Flexible – learning sessions are usually short and regular. No more than 30 minutes, twice a week at a time to suit the Learner.
Confidential – Learners meet their Coaches at local venues which provide privacy for learning or remotely at home.