Despite the set-backs presented to us this year we have seen tremendous dedication, hard-work and passion from the Literacy Tutors (LTs) on the Literacy Tutor Programme. The LTs have risen to the challenge and were able to adapt as we pivoted our offerings to meet COVID-19 related restrictions.
The last three years at help2read have been characterised by a roller-coaster of changes and adaptations to an environment which did not allow time for reflection on practice.
On Monday 1 April 2019, international Law firm Hogan Lovells launched their Youth Employment Services (YES) Programme. help2read is very proud to announce that we are an implementation partner of this important programme.
Earlier this month help2read was chosen as the 4th charity partner for the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, the Cape’s premier 12km road run. This is a fantastic opportunity for runners to lace up to run for literacy and help give the gift of literacy.
The 2019 South African Library week was celebrated with the theme Collaborate @ your Library during the week of 18 – 24 March 2019.
This theme connects with the LIASA Presidential Theme: “Libraries: Advancing development through collaboration, partnerships and innovation”.
It is already the end of a very busy first term and we are proud to introduce the 2019 Community Literacy Tutors. After the recruitment and selection process in January, a total of 54 young people (aged 18 -35) have received the help2read Core Training. help2read core training is essential for LTs to not only understand the issues and challenges of literacy but to equip them with critical tools such as child protection, personal effectiveness before delivering one-on-one reading support.
When I first met Susan Belgrave at a beanstalk event she was already in her mid-80s and just about to go off to ride a horse alone across as I recall Kazakhstan. We arranged to meet at the Travellers Club in London following her return and there i asked her to become help2read’s patron.
The help2read team has kicked off the year with the introduction of a new and exciting feature to share with all our readers and supporters on the first Tuesday of each month called Book of the Month.
elp2read was gifted with two charity ballot entries in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. We are excited to announce the two special and committed runners who have taken on the mission of unlocking the hearts and wallets of sponsors to achieve the charity goal of at least £1,750 as our Literacy Champions in the Virgin Money London Marathon taking place on 28 April 2019.
As I had expected my arrival at London Heathrow Airport was on a dark, cold and very wet morning in the UK. I was further inconveniently dropped at the end of Kings Lane owing to my driver’s unwillingness to take his car down the muddy lane.