Community Connections

During August the Hotline was lucky in making a personal connection with some partner organisations, both interstate and overseas.

Hotline staff member Sally George has been on holiday in Dublin, and arranged a visit to NALA, the National Adult Literacy Agency of Ireland. Sally, pictured here with NALA’s Manager, Elaine Mullen. They exchanged ideas about adult literacy research, learning resources, and maintaining a national database and plan to continue to share their experience and ideas. A great outcome!

At the same time, Hotline project officer Jill Finch was volunteering at the Garma cultural festival, held annually in Arnhem Land by the Yothu Yindi Foundation. As well as attending key forums on education, Jill connected with staff from the NT’s FAFT (Families as First Teachers) program, which focusses on culturally-appropriate early learning. This link will form part of our upcoming communications campaign targeting parents with lower literacy levels. The Hotline aims to produce appropriate resources for early childhood services to give to parents who want to help with early literacy at home.