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Signs of Growth

Addressing literacy needs through sign-making and outdoor activities.


This project tackled unmet literacy needs among homeless and disabled adults. It provided a safe and relaxing space at the Doon Social farm in Limerick. Facilitators used unique teaching methods that avoided restrictive classroom settings.

The project ran from September to November 2023. 19 learners split into three groups. Tutors used the great outdoors to help groups relax and have fun. Learners took part in sign-making exercises and engraved phrases and affirmations into wood. Each learner also received one-on-one tuition.

Learning outcomes were very positive. Participants say their reading, writing, and math skills noticeably improved thanks to this course. Exposure to fresh air, nature, and healthy eating helped restore their confidence as well. 

Learners engraving words and sentences into wood.

This project was the result of a collaboration between Ballyhoura Rural Services and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB).

For more information, please contact Sile O'Riordan, Limerick and Clare Regional Literacy Coordinator at  

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