My problems with writing and spelling me into trouble quite a few times because you’re
not proud of being illiterate. You don’t go about telling everyone, and you don’t
even think of asking anyone to help you. I’d get important letters - from the tax
man, say - and wouldn’t be able to reply to them.
My coach was encouraging, not critical or sarcastic, and we laughed a lot. She suggested
I should have a sight test and - after a bit of resistance - I went to the optician
and found out I needed glasses for reading and writing. I learned the alphabet properly.
It was the first time in my life that I found out that every letter makes a particular
sound. Soon I could start building up sequences of letters for words I couldn’t spell.
I learned how to use a dictionary and how to trust my instinct about when a spelling
was right or wrong. She helped me to get confident about filling in forms, too.
In August 2016 I went for an interview for a job as a picker in a warehouse. The
usual paperwork came out but this time I didn’t walk away. I worked through it all
very slowly and carefully. Most of the tasks they tested me on involved things I
had already done over and over again with Steph, like spotting mistakes or putting
things in their correct alphabetical order. There was a lot of writing to do but
I just stuck with it until I’d finished. At the end, I was told straight away that
I’d got the job! I’ve been working for 3 months now and am really happy. I’ve made
several new friends and as well as earning money, I feel I’m doing something useful.
Why not give FRED a try yourself? I don’t think you’ll regret it!
I couldn’t have done it without FRED. I’m so glad I took the plunge and went to
them for help. It taught me that you’re never too late to learn something new.