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Published on Aug 30, 2018
Take the first step is Ireland’s campaign to encourage adults who have difficulty with reading, writing, maths or technology to contact a Freephone support line 1800 20 20 65 to get the help they need. Once they make contact the National Adult Literacy Agency will put them in contact with their local ETB Adult Education Centre or tell them about other free services that will meet their needs.
Brian is 48 years old and he left school before his Junior Cert mocks. He found school difficult because when he was seven he spent a year in hospital and missed out on a lot of education. He also has dyslexia which made things even more difficult for him. He has been working as a porter in a hospital for the last 20 years and it was his work there that inspired him to go back to education. Brian really wanted to participate in training that the hospital was offering so he decided to do some classes in reading and writing to help him prepare.
Going back to education has given Brian belief and encouragement to do things that he never thought possible. He says that not being able to read and write very well was like having a gremlin on his shoulder all the time but now the gremlin is gone he is even thinking about doing his junior cert now.
The Take the First Step campaign is funded by SOLAS, the state further education and training authority and is a key part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy within the Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019.