Southend Adult Community College appeals to adults to nurture the joy of reading on World Book Day

Date: March 2021

Southend Adult Community College appeals to adults to nurture the joy of reading on World Book Day

The college is appealing to people who know of friends or family members who struggle with their reading or who cannot read, to invite them to take up improving their English reading and encourage them to make a call that could transform their lives.
World Book Day, which takes place this year on Thursday March 4, aims to inspire children to read for pleasure and read together with their families. But parents and grandparents who struggle to read are not able to provide this support for their children and their learning, with many missing out on the important bonding time that comes along with sharing a bedtime story.

A spokesman from Southend Adult Community College said: "The literacy rate in the area is lower than the national average. That means for some people, everyday tasks such as reading a Doctors prescription, reading letters or doing the food shopping can be incredibly challenging”..
“Life during lockdown has also been particularly hard for those with low literacy skills. Parents with low literacy may have found it challenging to home-school their children, whilst many others have been unable to keep on top of the Government’s changing health guidance." At Southend Adult Community College we offer support for parents to help them assist their child’s learning too.

At Southend Adult Community College we have a variety of English courses to help people at all levels and most are absolutely free. There are lots of different reasons why people don’t learn or struggled to read in childhood. For some it may have been a lack of support from their own family or school, for others it may have been undiagnosed dyslexia.

"People should not feel ashamed or embarrassed about it. That’s what is why Southend Adult Community College is here for you, our courses are for adults, so you will study and learn with adults at a similar level so there is no fear of being the odd one out”.
There are many success stories from our college of learners of all ages and well into their 80’s who have joined us and have now obtained the skills and confidence to undertake the everyday tasks that most people take for granted.

World Book Day maybe a little bit different during lockdown this year,  this could be the year that encourages all the family to get reading at home. Like they say, you are never too old to learn.

To find out more about the courses and services available at Southend Adult Community College call 01702 445700 or email

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