Sarah beats dys­lexia with learn­ing team

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ARUNCORN cleaner has re­vealed how tak­ing a punt on seek­ing help with read­ing and writ­ing has opened up a world of books to her.

Sarah Gard­ner, 35, is now en­joy­ing A Christ­mas Carol by Charles Dick­ens – some­thing a few years ago she would not have been able to do.

Hav­ing strug­gled with read­ing and writ­ing while young, Sarah had been lis­ten­ing to a friend talk about col­lege, and told her she would love to do some­thing like that but could not.

Her pal en­quired why and Sarah ex­plained that lit­er­acy had al­ways been dif­fi­cult for her she had even been called ‘stupid’.

With sup­port from her friend and part­ner, she con­tacted Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil’s adult learn­ing team to see if they could help.

Fol­low­ing maths and English as­sess­ments at the Acorn Learn­ing Cen­tre in Castle­fields, Run­corn, it was quickly re­vealed she had dys­lexia.

With the sup­port she now re­ceives, her en­joy­ment of books has flour­ished.

Sarah said: “Find­ing out I am dyslexic is the rea­son I strug­gled so much when I was younger.

“I am now slowly putting the past be­hind me and I am look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture.

“If there is any­one out there who is fright­ened or wor­ried about learn­ing – ● don’t be!

“The staff and tu­tors at Hal­ton adult learn­ing will look af­ter you.

“Join­ing this course has given me con­fi­dence that I didn’t think I had and as well as that I have made lots of new friends.”

Cllr Ed­die Jones (em­ploy­ment, learn­ing and skills) said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions and well done to Sarah for her de­ter­mi­na­tion to take ad­van­tage from and thus ben­e­fit from the coun­cil’s of­fer.

“At Hal­ton we are con­stantly seek­ing to make our cour­ses more ac­ces­si­ble and as mean­ing­ful as pos­si­ble to our res­i­dents.

“So please check out our adult learn­ing web page, re­view the prospec­tus or at­tend one of the en­rol­ment days.

“The va­ri­ety of cour­ses avail­able may pro­vide some­thing of in­ter­est or value to you.”

En­rol­ment days are due to take place at Acorn Learn­ing Cen­tre in Run­corn from 10.30am5.30pm on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11, and Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 2, and at Kingsway Learn­ing Cen­tre in Widnes from 10.30am-5.30pm on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13, and Thurs­day, Jan­uary 3.

Hal­ton’s adult learn­ing team also has a page on Face­book.

Sarah Gard­ner, aged 35, of Run­corn

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