Ap­peal for specs works

Eastern Courier - - News -

Mid­dle­more Hospi­tal staff are see­ing the world through new eyes, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of their col­leagues.

The learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment team at Coun­ties Manukau Dis­trict Health Board last year launched an ap­peal for used read­ing glasses.

The re­birthed specs will be used by staff on the board’s Stepup lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy pro­gramme.

Learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment con­sul­tant Sandy Mil­lar says staff got be­hind the re­quest and more than 70 pairs of glasses flooded in.

‘‘It re­ally shows the char­ac­ter of staff – they’re peo­ple with good hearts who are happy to make a dif­fer­ence to oth­ers.’’

‘‘Staff ral­lied around and got their col­leagues to do­nate too so all sorts of spec­ta­cles kept rolling in.’’

As well as read­ing glasses, many pairs of pre­scrip­tion glasses were also do­nated. They will be re­dis­tributed through the Manukau Su­per­Clinic while the read­ing glasses will be used by staff tak­ing part in the lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy pro­gramme.

By the end of this year about 180 staff will have com­pleted the Stepup pro­gramme of­fered by the board in part­ner­ship with the Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion.

‘‘Lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy are im­por­tant, es­pe­cially among staff who speak English as a sec­ond lan­guage,’’ Ms Mil­lar says.

‘‘Peo­ple are of­ten sur­prised that some­thing as sim­ple as a pair of read­ing glasses can make such a big dif­fer­ence to their lives.’’

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