If you know a friend or family member who could benefit from learning to read and write then Chorley Council is running a four-week course to help people develop these important skills.
The focus of the sessions is to provide basic English skills for those who want to gain employment but struggle with reading and cannot write very well.
The council sees the programme as a safe first step towards a more positive future for adults who may feel that the system has forgotten about them and that they have been let down by education generally.
Councillor Bev Murray, who is responsible for helping people back into employment in Chorley, said: “If someone can’t read or write very well it makes it very difficult for them to search for jobs or complete application forms and CVs.
“The purpose of this course is to help build a basic framework that can help the development of reading and writing to a level that will support a better standard of life, build self-confidence and self-esteem and help start the transition into employment.
“This is just one of many ways we are supporting people to get into work as gaining employment really helps to improve people’s wellbeing and gives them more independence.”
The council is working with local company ‘Creating Excellence’ to design the sessions so they make a difference for everyone attending.
Christine Edwards, of Creating Excellence, who will also be delivering the sessions, said: “I have been supporting the development of core skills with adults for quite a few years and I fully appreciate the challenges that adults who struggle with reading and writing face.
“The sessions will be supportive, positive and interactive and there will be no formal assessments at the end of the programme.
“The aim is to help everyone make some progress and that will be different for each person attending.”
There will be a course open day on Tuesday 13 November and the four-week course will start on Tuesday 20 November. The sessions will be held at the United Reformed Church Hall, off Hollinshead Street, and run from 10am-1pm.