Who we are

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveys in 1996 and 2006 estimated approximately 6.2 million adult Australians struggle with literacy.

The Literacy Network at Manly Warringah is a voluntary not-for- profit organisation with over 40 volunteer tutors working to help adults with reading and writing difficulties in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney.

Our management committee

Our dedicated management committee provides leadership to the organisation.

All committee members are volunteers. We value their advice and guidance regarding the operation of the office, planning for special events and preparation of grant applications.

Program coordinators

Committee and Coordinators, 2019

Two coordinators take responsibility for the operation of the network volunteer program. They have extensive qualifications and experience in teaching and language and literacy skills. Primarily the role of the coordinators is to match a volunteer tutor with a student and to provide ongoing support.

A coordinator initially arranges for an interview with the person who has requested support. When a possible tutor is available the coordinator sets up and teaches the first lesson, suggests lesson materials and assists the tutor to plan a program with the student. Thereafter the coordinator monitors progress and helps with the setting of goals and choice of resources where required.

Each year the coordinators organise and run one or two separate tutor training sessions and tutor seminars. They maintain records and meet regularly with the management committee to ensure the network’s programs maintain high professional standards. They maintain contact with other relevant community groups.

Our volunteer tutors

Prior to commencing tutoring, our tutors attend an 8-week training workshop which gives them the skills to help adult students learn English.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Literacy Network.