Borders volunteers on tour

A team of volunteers including people with a learning disability are preparing to teach health and social care workers how to produce easy-read documents.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 16th February 2014, 10:49 am

The new ‘Tell Me’ project, launched by People First Borders, will see volunteers going out in pairs to provide half-day training workshops.

People First Borders is a collective advocacy group for people with a learning disability. Support Worker, Mary Daykin, explained: “Many of our members, and other people, miss out on vital information because it is written in ways that do not work for them. We would like local authorities, health boards and other organisations to provide more information in an easy-read format.

“Easy-read is useful not only for people with a learning disability, but for those who cannot read well, or those who have English as a second language.”

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The format is easy to understand because it uses simple, jargon-free language, short sentences and pictures.

“People First members often receive letters, reports and other important documents that they cannot understand,” added Mary, “and we know this isn’t just a difficulty for people with learning disabilities. “We want to raise awareness of the need for and benefits of easy read documents, as well as teach people how to turn information into easy-read.”

The training dates and towns hosting them are as follows: Tuesday March 18, Coldstream; Monday March 31, Duns; Tuesday June 3, Eyemouth.