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LCAES welcomes 30 New Volunteer Tutor Recruits
07/12/2011 00:00:00

Eileen Sheehan, the LCAES Learner who featured on RTE’s “A Story With Me In It”, was one of the special guests on hand at the recent celebration night held to welcome over 30 new volunteer Adult Literacy Tutors to the service.

The event was the culmination of the Initial Tutor Training course, organised by Basic Education Solutions, for new voluntary adult literacy tutors and for staff who wished to train in the area of adult literacy.  The course required a significant commitment from all participants and ran over two evenings a week during the month of October. 

Participants, in addition to acquiring knowledge about the teaching of basic skills to adults, were given an insight to the issues faced by adults when returning to education.  Over the course of the programme, participants heard from a number of learners who spoke courageously and inspiringly about their experiences as adult Literacy students.  As part of the celebration evening, a number of current volunteers gave an account of their experiences as one-to-one tutors, providing valuable insights and tips for the new recruits for their future work with adult learners.

The new volunteers will be a very welcome addition to the cohort of over thirty tutors already taking one-to-one classes for BES. Volunteer tutors play a very important role within adult literacy services in LCAES, often providing a first step back to education for many of our adult learners who are in most need of one-to-one support.

Jean Deevy, Coodinator of Volunteer Tutors with Basic Education Solutions, is pictured above with just some of the thirty participants at the recent initial training programme held for new volunteer adult literacy tutors.

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