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Step into reading - adult reading and writing

Use this form to refer yourself, a family member, friend or a client for ‘Step Into Reading.’

Step Into Reading provides free, one-to-one adult literacy reading sessions with East Sussex Libraries, currently running in:

  • Hastings
  • Newhaven
  • Eastbourne
  • Hailsham
  • Uckfield
  • Peacehaven

If you live, or have a client living, in a different area, please still compete the form and we will try to accommodate sessions at your local library.

The programme is for adults aged 18-80 from those who cannot read at all, to those who want help with confidence in reading. Mentors will also progress to support spelling, writing and basic maths. Step into Reading is suitable for adults with any reading difficulty, for example dyslexia. The programme is also suitable for adults whose first language is not English, provided they can listen and understand and speak conversational English.

You can find out a bit more about Step into Reading in this short video.

Please complete as much information as you can in the form. Ideally the form should be completed with the learner present.

Adults learn best when the referring service continues with joint support alongside the library service. Referrals from organisations or services without a contact phone number and/or email address will not be considered. We will be in touch to discuss your referral and see whether the person you are referring is learner-ready and able to engage. The programme continues over many months and learners will need support to engage and commit until they feel confident in their achievements.

For more information, contact East Sussex Libraries at:

Email: library.enquiries@eastsussex.gov.uk
Phone: 0345 60 80 196

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