2 March 2024

Clayton community house launches new literacy assistance program

Dixon House Neighbourhood Centre in Clayton is beginning a new program to serve the community. Image: Supplied.

Kirralee Nicolle

23 July 2022

A neighbourhood centre based in an Anglican vicarage is starting a new program to assist those struggling with literacy to complete important tasks.

The assistance offered will include help with accessing services online, and completing activities such as reading letters, understanding text messages and filling out forms.

Dixon House Neighbourhood Centre manager Winston Chee said that the team was excited for the new initiative, and that the diverse needs in the community would make it difficult to keep the program limited to just what they could handle themselves.

“It’s going to be a big learning curve,” he said.

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He said that those in the community with literacy issues were increasingly finding themselves left behind.

“Increasingly, even people who are literate but not computer literate would struggle with these things,” he said.

He said that this program would offer those in the community the chance to come to Dixon House for a 20- or 30-minute appointment and receive help from volunteers.

Mr Chee said that they had recruited three volunteers so far but were looking to recruit more.

Dixon House Neighbourhood Centre is based out of All Saints’ Clayton and has been offering community services such as homework help, English classes and art classes to the Clayton area for over 30 years.

To find out more about Dixon House or to volunteer, see here.

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