Toe By Toe In The Community - Tony's Story
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Reading is on the menu for Tony
Published by K Davison for New Charter Housing Trust Group
A man who grew up unable to read can now enjoy his favourite football magazines and even choose a meal from a restaurant menu after turning his life around.
46-year-old Tony Rider, a New Charter tenant from Stalybridge in Tameside has been learning to read with a volunteer since last April through a project called Great Readers.
The project, always looking to involve more people, helps adults in the area to learn to read by ‘buddying up’ with other confident readers.
Tony has been attending twice weekly lessons with a volunteer. Not just to read but to help him understand what he is reading.
He said: “I struggled a lot with reading. It was embarrassing if I was out because I had to ask people or family and friends to help me. I’ve always been into football and Manchester United and used to buy magazines. But I got disheartened trying to read them and shoved them to the back of my wardrobe. Now I can sit back and enjoy them. And when I go to restaurants I can read the menu rather than a friend reading it to me.”
Tony left school without learning how to read. He found it hard to pick up the skill due to barriers with his speech and hearing. Tony was also in and out of school for operations to fix a cleft palate.
He added: “I couldn’t read a full sentence. I used to travel to my mum’s to get her to help me read letters that came through my door.”
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