Funding to help improve literacy

A project to help adults with basic literacy and numeracy issues in Levenmouth has won funding.
A project to help adults with basic literacy and numeracy issues in Levenmouth has won funding.

LEVENMOUTH is one of just three places in Scotland to be given funding aimed at helping adults improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

The recent Levenmouth plan identified that many people within the area’s current working age population suffer from those types of skills issues.

It was suggested that, if that potential workforce was to stand a chance of getting into employment, then a project needed to be put into place to improve standards.

Fife Council’s adult basic education service was approached to lead on this and, together with the Fife Literacies Partnership, was successful in securing £50,000 from the Scottish Government for a specific literacies pilot in Levenmouth.

Those being targeted for help include families, young people leaving school with no positive destinations, these in work support and the unemployed.

The Levenmouth area committee heard of the project when it met at Buckhaven Community Centre. Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the committee said: “When I worked as a prison officer part of the problem we had was prisoners going out without being able to read or write. They got a one hour lesson a week and it wasn’t helping them.

“There were no resources like this being put in to help stop them going back to jail so, for me, this is a huge deal.”

A report is expected to be brought back to councillors in six months to feedback on the success of the project.

Cllr David Alexander was another who welcomed the introduction of the project.

He said: “This is about making a difference. There isn’t a shortage of money being spent but we’re not really seeing the benefits of it in things like the areas of deprivation which are brought out. I hope that this will go some way to making a difference.”