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                Amity Reading Clubs aims to
              provide for adults with special
                learning difficulties, the best
             literacy tuition enabling them to
              take charge of their own lives.

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The Amity Approach

           mity Reading Clubs            to demonstrate a working model of
           provide literacy tuition to   our approach, which is capable of
           adults with special           replication by others. Our Web
           difficulties in literacy,     Site; “” is an
utilising the unique approach            important aspect of this work.
pioneered by Gladys Zonena               Formed in 1974, Amity Reading
Glascoe in her work as Tutor in          Clubs became a Registered Charity
Charge of the Blackfriars Literacy       No 276011 in 1978.
Scheme from 1970 to 1974.
A typical Club (not a class)
operates on a weekday evening in
a local community building. One-
to-one tuition is undertaken by          Writing and Reading
Volunteers in the Club setting
under the tuition of an experienced
Tutor.                                   If you think about it, originally
                                         writing must have come first, or
Particular importance is given to        there would have been nothing to
the social support provided for          read. But we also say Writing and
Students. This comes initially           Reading because Writing is so
through the relationship with their      important. Not only does the
Volunteer tutor, but also from the       activity of writing reinforce the
Supervising Tutor, the wider Club        learning process, it also adds
network as a whole, and from the         necessary variety and stimulation to
resources of Amity central office.       the teaching session
No charge is made for tuition and
our operation is able to continue its
work through the generous help of
our Volunteers together with
supportive community and
statutory agencies.
Amity does not aspire to provide
literacy tuition to all that need it,
nor indeed is this possible. Our
approach is however unique and as
such is particularly valuable for
Students with special learning
difficulties. Thus, one of the most
important aspects of our work is

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The Amity Approach                                                                                          3
Contents                                                                                                    4
Members of the Management Committee                                                                         5
Auditor, Bankers and Financial Advisor                                                                      5
Biographical Information                                                                                    6
Acknowledgements                                                                                            8
Founding Organiser‟s Report                                                                                 9
Amity Club Venues                                                                                           9
Computer Literacy Project                                                                                  12
Secretary‟s Report                                                                                         13
Club Reports:-
         Carnegie Library                                                                                  14
         Streatham Pool                                                                                    15
         Thamesmead                                                                                        16
The Students                                                                                               17
The Volunteers                                                                                             18
Social Support Policy                                                                                      19
Amity Reading Clubs – A Short History                                                                      20
Publications                                                                                               21
Annual Accounts 1998 – 1999
         Finance Report                                                                                    22
         Finance Graphs                                                                                    23
         Balance Sheet                                                                                     24
         Statement of Financial Activities                                                                 25
Notes Pages                                                                                                26

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Management Committee

      Founding Organiser and Chair                                     Gladys Glascoe
      Founding Organiser and Treasurer                                 Philip Glascoe
      Secretaries                                                      Betty Cooper and
                                                                       Caroline Knapp
      Club Representatives                                             Carol Griffin
                                                                       (To 30 September 2001)
                                                                       Caroline Knapp
                                                                       Peter Ross
                                                                       Julia Harris-Voss
                                                                       (From 30 September 2001)
      Student Representatives                                          Francoise Drysdale
                                                                       Robertina Henlon

Registered Office                                                      61 Cedar Road
                                                                       Kent CT2 0JG

Registered Charity Number                                              276011

Auditor                                                                Andrew Carpenter

Bankers                                                                Lloyds Bank Plc
                                                                       PO Box 559
                                                                       83 Cannon Street
                                                                       London EC4N 8DL

Financial Advisor                                                      Adrian Walker-Smith

Web Site                                                     

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Biographical Information

Gladys Zonena Glascoe                       skills gained from her work as a       year of her course on “sugar

                                            Senior Local Authority Committee       flowers”. She is also studying
          n Honours Graduate in             Clerk to the full. She had also        flower arranging and dress making.
          English of University             been a Supervising Tutor in many       Her recipes for sugar flowers are
          College London, Gladys            different Clubs, including her final   one of the themes of this report.
          Zonena Glascoe founded            venue at Streatham Pool. Betty
                                                                                   Carol Griffin
Amity Reading Clubs in 1974, and
is its Chair. Her vast teaching                                                    Carol Griffin became the
experience embraces the complete            Equal Opportunities Policy             Supervising Tutor at our Carnegie
range from Nursery to Honours                                                      Club eight years ago. The mother
Degree level and includes extensive
                                            Amity is committed to equality of
                                                                                   of three children, Carol Griffin is
experience in remedial teaching.
                                            access to and provision of its
                                                                                   Personnel Officer to the charity,
She is one of the most experienced
                                            educational and support services,
                                                                                   Save The Children‟s Fund. In
professionals in adult literacy
                                            regardless of sex, race, religion,
                                                                                   September 2001 Carol moved to
today. Gladys pioneered the
                                            sexual orientation, age or
                                                                                   Coulsden, and had to resign as
unique approach to adult literacy
                                                                                   Carnegie‟s Supervising Tutor, she
provided by Amity, and validates            Amity encourages an awareness of       will be greatly missed by everyone.
the educational integrity of our            Equal Opportunities issues
work.                                       amongst its members.                   Julia Harris-Voss
Philip Glascoe                              This is an extract from the Club‟s
                                            Equal Opportunities Policy, a full     Julia Harris-Voss joined the
Philip Glascoe is Co-Founder of             copy of which is available on          Carnegie Library Club in 2000 and
Amity Reading Clubs and its                 request.                               became its Deputy Supervising
Treasurer. He has wide experience                                                  Tutor in September 2001. Julia is
of the Charity and Voluntary                                                       a Picture Researcher, and amongst
Sectors. As a Chartered Surveyor            Cooper returned to take up joint       many other interests, she is a
with wide experience of the                 Secretarial responsibilities with      Translator and keen photographer.
property world in both the public           Caroline Knapp in November 1999.
                                                                                   Robertina Henlon
and private sectors, as well as             Françoise Drysdale                     Robertina Henlon is a Student at
senior management, Philip Glascoe
                                            A student with Amity for eight         our Carnegie Library Club and has
brings a wealth of business and
                                            years at our Streatham Club            attended for six years. She is a
organisational experience to Amity.
                                            Françoise Drysdale baked and iced      Home Help for the London Borough
Betty Cooper                                the cake used at our Twentieth         of Lambeth, studying flower
                                            Anniversary birthday party in          arranging.
Betty Cooper was Amity‟s longest
serving Volunteer, until her                November 1994, which was in the
retirement at the end of December           shape of a book and featured the       Caroline Knapp
1998. Betty had been Amity‟s                Literacy logo. Françoise is now in
                                            the fourth year of her course on       Caroline Knapp is a teacher and
Honorary Secretary since 1978,                                                     joined Amity as a Volunteer some
and she used the experience and             cake decoration and the fourth

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six years ago. She was appointed       from a three-year secondment to
as Deputy Supervising Tutor to the     Hong Kong.
Carnegie Club in July 1998 and
following Carol Griffin‟s retirement
in September 2001, she is now its
Supervising Tutor. At the AGM in         Françoise Drysdale‟s Sugar Flowers
November 1999, she agreed to
become joint Secretary with Betty        Françoise, a Student member of our Management Committee, has been
Cooper.                                  taking courses in Sugar Flowers for several years, and in this year‟s
                                         report we feature some of her recipes and instructions on which she has
Peter Ross                               worked at the Club over the last year. We start with the basic recipe
A Volunteer at the Streatham Pool        for the Flower Paste itself.
Club for over seven years, Peter         FLOWER PASTE RECIPE 2 - USING TYLO POWDER
Ross became the Club‟s Deputy
                                         1 Size three egg white
Supervising Tutor in January
1999. Peter is consultant                15 mls Tylo powder
specialising in occupational health      1 ½ cups of icing sugar
and safety, and in that capacity
has rewritten the Club‟s own             Method:
Health and Safety Policy. In his         Put the egg white in to a bowl and beat slightly.
spare time, Peter enjoys walking
                                         Stir in about half the icing sugar using a plastic spoon or spatula and
and travelling.
                                         mix well.
Andrew Carpenter
                                         Add the Tylo powder in one go and mix quickly, making sure that there
Our Auditor since 1986, Andrew           are no remains on the side of the bowl.
Carpenter is a Chartered                 Scrape the mixture to one side of the bowl, then wash your hands.
Accountant with Price Waterhouse
Coopers. Married to Frances and          Sprinkle the remaining icing sugar onto the work surface.
father to Rosie, he has provided us      Put the Tylo mixture into the icing sugar and knead in as much of the
with much valuable advice and            icing sugar as possible.
support over the last thirteen
                                         Smooth white fat onto your hands and knead again.
                                         Spread some white fat onto a piece of cling film and wrap the mixture in
Adrian Walker-Smith                      it.
Adrian Walker-Smith joined Amity         Seal in a plastic bag and then put into an airtight container.
in 1974 as a Volunteer, but left us
in 1978 to take a post-graduate          Store in the fridge.
degree in business management            Other panels in this report show how the paste can be used to make the
and finance at Tehran University.        sugar flowers themselves.
When he returned to the UK in
1982, he became Amity‟s Financial
Advisor, a post he holds to this
day. Adrian Walker-Smith is a Civil
Servant, and has recently returned

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           mity Reading Clubs                    Jim Forsyth.                          Nildram Ltd.
           gratefully acknowledges
           the support of the                    The Basic Skills Agency.              Viking Direct.
           following, whose help                 Simply Computers.                     Interactive Ideas Ltd.
and encouragement make our work
possible:-                                       XMA.                                  Schools Direct.
        The Environmental                       InKinddirect.                         SMC Computers Plc.
         Services Department of
         the London Borough of                   Comparts.                             SCET.
         Lambeth.                                British Telecom.                      Cambridge Training and
                                                                                         Development Ltd (CTAD).
        Trust Thamesmead.                       The many referral
        The National Lottery                     agencies who nominate                 Sally Systems Ltd.
                                                  Students and Volunteers
         Charities Board.                                                               GAMZ.
        Price Waterhouse                        Lambeth Voluntary Action
                                                  Council.                              The many generous
         Coopers.                                                                        donors of Raffle Prizes.
                                                 Lambeth Volunteer
        The Trust for London.                                                          The many generous
                                                  Development Agency.
                                                                                         purchasers of Amity
        The Laura Ashley
                                                 Bexley Voluntary Service               Raffle Tickets.
                                                                                        Our Students.
        Thamesmead Town.
                                                 Greenwich Volunteers.
                                                                                        Our Volunteers.
        The Hi-Lo Trust.
                                                 The London Borough of
        Brixton Estates.                         Enfield                               Our Supervising Tutors.

        Richard Balfe MEP                       Brixwork.
        Keith Hill MP                           iANSYST Software Ltd.
        Anita Pollack MEP                       Lander Software Ltd.
        Mary Chambers.                          Mikrodaisy International
        Andrew Carpenter
         Chartered Accountant.                   Research and Practice in
                                                  Adult Literacy (RaPAL).
        Adrian Walker-Smith.
                                                 National Council for
        Kairen Zonena.                           Educational Technology

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Founding Organiser‟s Report

Introduction                          a pledge that, for as long as we         sites of the Department for
                                      remain in office, we will give high      Education and Skills
This year has seen Amity              priority to reducing the number of       (; the Basic
maintaining its commitment to         adults with poor basic skills. We        Skills Agency (www.basic-
adult literacy, and continuing to     will treat this objective with the; and Lifelong Learning
sustain our three clubs at their      same urgency and the same                (
venues at Carnegie Library, SE24;     passion as getting the basics right
Streatham Pool SW16; and
Thamesmead SE2. Details of the        Amity Club Venues
activities of each Club are set out
later in this report.                 CARNEGIE LIBRARY
This part of the report reviews the
wider work of Amity Reading           Supervising Tutor:                                 Caroline Knapp
Clubs and places it in a wider        Deputy:                                            Julia Harris-Voss
context of current national           Monday evenings from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m.
government initiatives.               STREATHAM POOL
New Government Initiatives in
Basic Skillls                         Supervising Tutor:                                 Philip Glascoe
                                      Deputy:                                            Peter Ross
The Government‟s continuing focus     Thursday evenings from 7.15- 9.15 p.m.
on education and in particular its
emphasis on adult literacy is         THAMESMEAD
                                      Supervising Tutor:                                 Philip Glascoe
Sir Claus Moser‟s Working Group       Deputy:                                            Vacant
on Adult Basic Skills published       Monday evenings from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m.
their report, „A Fresh Start –
Improving Literacy and Numeracy‟,     in schools. “Education, education,       This scale of approach is most
in March 1999. They concluded         education” is for adults too!”           welcome, and all the more so
“it is estimated that around 7        The Basic Skills Agency, as part of      because of years of neglect in the
million adults have poor literacy     its remit, has published a report        adult basic skills sector. It is
skills. This means that one in five   “Better Basic Skills – Improving         sometimes difficult to imagine the
adults reads and writes less well     Adult Literacy and Numeracy”             penalties people pay for a lack of
than an average 11 year old. An       which sets out a three stage             basic skills, particularly literacy,
even greater number have poor         programme intended to be put in          and it is salutary to note Lord
numeracy skills.                      place between 1999 and 2001.             Dearing‟s comments on Sir Claus
                                                                               Moser‟s report “Moser tell us that
By way of response, Tessa             Those seeking more information, or       failure to respond to his agenda
Blackstone, Minister of State for     wishing to monitor the impact of         means a continuing cost to the
Lifelong Learning announced that:     these long term and very welcome         nation of £10 billion a year. Big
“The Government is today making       initiatives should visit the web         money. But the moral and social

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issues underlying the Moser                    Glascoe, to undertake any group          adult literacy tuition, and the
findings are far greater than £10              training work, due to ill health.        internet, and our web site now
billion a year. Our response must                                                       give us a major opportunity to do
                                               The majority of training this year
be nothing less than a crusade.”                                                        so in a way that has been
                                               has focussed on computer based
                                                                                        impossible hitherto.
Amity Reading Clubs is playing its             activities, and in particular, the use
part, particularly in our specialist           of specialised software designed         Our web site name is now
field of working with adults with              for adult literacy work and other        recognised by all the major search
special learning difficulties,                 special needs activities.                engines, and consequently, we
bringing more than twenty five                                                          receive a constant stream of e-
                                               These sessions were led by
years of expertise in the field, to                                                     mails about our work from all over
                                               Founding Organiser Philip Glascoe;
the table.                                                                              the world.
                                               and designed to ensure that we
Scale of Operation                             continue to use our computers            In addition, we have in the past,
                                               effectively. The wealth of literacy      tried to demonstrate the
As indicated earlier, we have                  software available today is vast,        effectiveness of our unique
maintained our operational level
                                               and it is fascinating to see how it      approach to adult literacy tuition
over the year, continuing with the
                                               has developed in the five short          by means of visits for interested
three clubs referred to in the box
                                               years since we bought our first          organisations and their
on the previous page. Over the
year as a whole, we have provided
a total of some 130 sessions,                                                    Gender Mix
serving on average, the needs of
some 25 to 30 Students, with the
assistance of a similar number of                                     22%                          22%
We take this opportunity to thank
both the Leisure Services
Department of the London Borough                                   25%
of Lambeth for their generous
provision of accommodation for
our Carnegie Library Club and
Streatham Pool Club, free of                                    Volunteers Male         Volunteers Female
charge. We also thank Trust                                     Students Male           Students Female
Thamesmead for making available
accommodation for our                          machine. In addition, it is also         representatives. Such and
Thamesmead Club, again free of                 interesting to note that much of         approach is valuable, but limited in
charge. Without such generous                  the newest software is                   scope, to those organisations or
support, our work would be                     increasingly intuitive to use, which     individuals who are able to get to
virtually impossible.                          means that it can be deployed            London. It is for this reason that
Training                                       more swiftly, and more effectively;      we have published a series of
                                               not least in terms of the ability of     pamphlets and leaflets about our
During the past twelve months,                 our students to exploit it.              work, all of which feature on our
training activities have been held                                                      web site.
locally at an individual Club level.           Promoting the Approach
Sadly it has not been possible for                                                      However, during this financial year
                                               It has long been an ambition to
Founding Organiser Gladys                                                               we also started work on a more
                                               promote our unique approach to

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detailed good practice manual           their commitment, and very
about organising and operating an       welcome that is too.
Amity Reading Club. The content
of this manual will be a subject for
the next annual report, suffice it to   We have said it before, and shall
say here that it will be published      say it again; our main resource,
shortly and available to download       indeed the bastion of our approach
on our web site.                        is, and always has been our
                                        Volunteers. It is they who
Fund Raising and Computer
                                        undertake the vital role in the
Literacy Project
                                        provision of literacy tuition for our
Details of both these areas can be      Students. It is Amity‟s role to
found in later sections of this         provide them with the venues,
report.                                 training, resources and equipment
                                        to enable the to do so effectively.
However we wish record our              We are pleased that we have been
thanks for the donations which
                                        able to continue our role
continue to contribute to much of
                                        effectively over the past year, and
our operating costs, in this, as in
                                        delighted that our Volunteers have
other years.                            continued, as ever to make their
Conclusions                             own significant contribution,
                                        through their dedication and skills.
In conclusion, we feel that this has    Without their help, our work would
been a good year for adult literacy,    be impossible, and we thank them
basic skills and Amity Reading          all, past and present.
                                        We also wish to honour our
We have maintained our level of         Students. We never cease to be
activity, and continue to operate a     amazed and overwhelmed by the
model for others to replicate. In       commitment and dedication of our
addition, our web site makes both       Students and the way they strive
our approach and organisation           to acquire new skills late into the
more visible than ever before, and      evening, when others are enjoying
we have started work on a good          themselves in front of television.
practice manual on how to               They are an example to us all, and
organise and operate an Amity           we pay tribute to them.
Reading Club anywhere.
                                        Finally, our particular thanks to
Even more important is the              Françoise Drysdale a Student
commitment to meeting the needs         Representative on our
of adults with literacy and other       Management Committee and long
basic skills problems. Clearly the      time friend, whose Sugar Flower
work programme they have set            recipes are one of the major
themselves is ambitious, and there      themes of this report.
may yet be problems on the way.
What is unambiguous however is          Gladys and Philip Glascoe
                                        Founding Organisers

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Computer Literacy Project

Introduction                                    We took the decision to move our       covering students, volunteers,

                                                records to a relational database at    referral agencies etc.. Ongoing
          omputers are now part of
                                                the beginning of 2000 but learning     maintenance is a continuing factor,
          the everyday working of
                                                the skills to design, operate and      but we consider it a worthwhile
          club sessions. Once
          regarded as something
new and exciting, today they are               The BETT                                The Web Site
seen by all, Student and Volunteer
                                               Past readers of this annual report      Our Web Site continues to go from
alike as a tool; exciting, versatile,
                                               will have seen frequent references      strength to strength. From its
valuable, and yes, occasionally
                                               to the Annual BETT show at              early days in 1999 as a corporate
frustrating, but a tool
                                               Olympia.                                web site, today it has over fifty
nevertheless; part of the furniture,
                                                                                       pages of material ranging from
and expected to be available.                  Once a side show for a nascent IT       tuition notes for Volunteers to our
The focus this year has continued              involvement in education, it is now     Constitution; from induction pages
to be how best to exploit fully our            one of the foremost IT exhibitions      for Referral Agencies to examples
new software, on an individual by              in the country; demonstrating in        of Student‟s writing.
individual basis. The wide range of            the most powerful way, just how
                                               important the role of IT is in          As well as being a resource for all
software now available means that
                                               education today.                        Club members, the web site is
this is a much more simple task
                                                                                       increasingly attracting attention
than hitherto.                                 Our own sector of “special needs”       from others, as both the hit rate on
In addition, today‟s software,                 is no longer a side show either; it     the site indicates, as well the e-
particularly that used for special             now has its own “Village” within        mails which it generates.
needs work is increasingly intuitive           the show, demonstrating a range
                                               of software, hardware and               In short, the Web Site now
to operate, which makes training
                                               specialist equipment which would        provides the most detailed and
volunteers much more simple, their
                                               have been inconceivable even ten        comprehensive information about
work much more effective.
                                               years ago.                              our organisation in a single
Amity Database                                                                         location. Set out in a simple and
                                                                                       accessible format; if you haven‟t
Like many organisations, who have               populate the database took the
                                                                                       visited it yet, do so, the address is
developed over the last twenty five             best part of another eighteen
                                                                                       on the back page of this report.
years, our records were in a                    months. Today the database is a
variety of formats and condition.               major Amity resource, which gives      E-mail too is now the preferred
We had old application forms,                   us the ability to analyse our          means of communication across
letters, card indexes, word                     membership and its characteristics     our Management Committee both
processor files, address books;                 on a Club by Club or organisation      in terms of ease of use and the
spreadsheets and information held               basis, for a referral agency or for    ability to attach files.
in Personal Information Managers                equal opportunities purposes over
(PIMs). In short, not only was it               any given period. In addition it is
difficult to find information, it was           now the primary source of
also very difficult to analyse it.              information for mail merges

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Secretaries‟ Report

Introduction                                some that were familiar and                    centre and the sea. Carol and

                                            helpful to us - for example,                   Francoise visited me for the day
         his year‟s report is the
                                            Lambeth Unemployment Project                   during the summer.
         second in which the roles
                                            which was a helpful source for
         of Secretary have been                                                           I have experienced continuing
                                            volunteers and information seems
         shared by                                                                                       difficulties with my
Betty Cooper and                                                                                         P.C. and e-mail, but
Caroline Knapp.              Françoise Drysdale‟s Sugar Flowers                                          now have local fax
                             BLACKBERRIES                                                                and photocopying
The position was
created at the AGM in
November 1999, when                                                                                      I look forward to
it was agreed that           Materials                                                                   continuing this
Betty Cooper and             26 gauge wire in brown; Flower paste (in green, red and black); Powder work for as long as
Caroline Knapp should        colours (Forest Green and a little Brown, Poppy red, Burgundy and           the Founding
share the role jointly,      Blackberry); Confectioners Varnish; Edible Glue and a Calyx Cutter          Organisers and the
and they have operated                                                                                   Management
in tandem ever since.                                                                                    Committee wish me
                             Make a hook in the 26-gauge wire.                                           to.
Caroline Knapp
                           Take a small piece of heather green, red or black paste about the size of      Betty Cooper.
Caroline Knapp‟s duties
                           a pea and insert the wire, this forms the base of the berries. Put aside       31.3.2001
have been to continue
                           and allow to dry.
to provide the London
focus of the               Make tiny balls from green, red and black paste about the size of a pin
Secretary‟s role. In       head and allow to dry. You will need quite a lot of these and it is
particular, it has         important to keep the colours separate.
included being the         Make a thick gunge from the flower paste and water.
primary contact point
for processing local       Dip the base of each berry into the gunge so that it covers most of it.
applications from both     Then dip the base into the relevant coloured tiny balls, ensuring that it is
Students and               well covered. Allow to dry. Some of the berries can have two of the
Volunteers.                colours e.g. Green berries may have some red areas, and the red berries
                           may have some black areas, as they do not ripen evenly.
Betty Cooper
                           Once the berries are dry, add a calyx. Roll out a small amount of green
Since my report last       paste and cut out the calyx. Add a little glue to one side and slide over
year, I have               the wire onto the base of the berry.
endeavoured to keep up
my various contacts
with numerous agencies and                  to have become defunct.
organisations that Amity use.               I moved from my first Kent home in
However, there have been many               Tankerton, to central Whitstable
changes in Lambeth and I have not           last April where I am settled in a
been able to make contact with              comfortable flat near the town

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Carnegie Library Club

          he first Andrew Carnegie               very welcome and it is an                    Julia Harris-Voss has joined us and
          Library to be built in                 enjoyable way to begin our evening           has become a valued member of
          England has been the                   on those occasions                           our team of Volunteers.
          Monday evening venue of
our Carnegie Library Club since                  Our membership has remained                  Denise Naylor has had rather an
1978. We are most                                                                                            erratic year as she
grateful to the London                                                                                       has to work late on
Borough of Lambeth‟s Françoise Drysdale‟s Sugar Flowers                                                      Monday, and her
Amenity Services             IVY LEAF VARIAGATED                                                             father has been
Department for the                                                                                           unwell.
continuing provision of
these facilities, and in Materials                                                                           All of the students
particular to Bill           30 gauge wire in brown; Powder colours (Leaf green; Rain Forest;                are making excellent
Cameron, the porter          Cornflower Blue); Edible glue; Flower paste in yellow; and Cutters.             progress and seem
for always being there                                                                                       content in their pairs.
to lock up after we                                                                                          I would like to thank
have left.                   Take a small amount of paste and work, then roll into a sausage.                Caroline Knapp for
                             Flatten slightly, then place onto board and roll forward.                       all her support and
Carnegie has                                                                                                 hard work as my
continued to flourish        Thin the paste on either side. Lift to check the groove and cut out leaf        Deputy , especially
during 2000/2001.            using correct cutter.                                                           during my absence in
We have 17 members, Insert wire along groove using a backwards and forwards motion.                          April when I was in
9 Volunteers and 8                                                                                           Australia. Thank you
                             Vein leaf using a veiner. Pinch in the centre along the line of the wire,
Students, with an                                                                                            also to all the
                             and allow to fall back. Put into a plastic bag until ready to dust.
average attendance of                                                                                        members because
14 each week. We             Place leaf onto a tissue and stipple the edges of the leaf with colour on       without their
have 8 matched pairs. both sides. Remove excess powder by gently blowing.                                    commitment
                             Dip into glaze then pat between tissue to remove excess glaze.                  Carnegie Amity could
Accommodation has                                                                                            not function as
been more secure this                                                                                        efficiently and
year as we now have the Resource                 more or less static this year, with          happily as it does.
Room at our disposal. The room is                only as slight change. Leigh Avon
still used for exhibitions, which                did not return after the summer              Carol Griffin
makes it a very pleasant place to                holiday, but we are delighted to
work. However, if a new                          welcome back Sheila Gooden, who
exhibition is opened it is often on a            has had time off for personal
Monday evening, in which case we                 reasons. She has settled back
move to the other areas of the                   very well, and everyone is very
Library. We are always informed                  pleased to have her with us again.
in good time and invited to the
openings. We are made to feel

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annual report 2000 – 2001                                                                                    page 15

Streatham Pool Club

        treatham Pool Club first        Sean has been working in Putney            club room by mistake. However,
        opened in November 1974         for a maintenance company and at           smiles all round as he wished us all
        and is easily the longest       the club continues to develop              luck.
        running Club in our             computer skills to a high level.           Changes
organisation.                           One of the successful projects             A number of changes in
Introduction                            undertaken with Jos during club            membership occurred during the
                                        meetings was a map reading                 year. We were sorry to say
Streatham Pool Reading Club has
                                        course using the London A – Z.             goodbye to Fran, who had given
been supervised during the last
year by Phil Glascoe, supported by      The computers and printer remains          much to the club during her time as
Peter Ross acting as deputy. The        an integral part of the club night         a tutor. Towards the end of the
Club would like to record its                                                      year Jos transferred to Carnegie.
thanks to the Streatham Pool                                                       In March 2001 there were 4
management (Centre Manager:            Special Literacy Collection                 students regularly attending and 2
Kevin Stanley, Duty Manager:           For many years Lambeth have held            volunteers.
Dave Crumpton), and to Lambeth‟s       one of the finest literacy collections in
Amenity Services and Leisure                                                       The Outing
                                       London as well as an extensive range
Connection for the provision of the    of training materials for Volunteers.       Streatham Pool club organised the
club room at the Pool.                                                             summer outing, which was a trip
                                       Three years ago this collection was         on the London Eye at Waterloo.
Members‟ News
                                       transferred to the Carnegie Library,        After queuing patiently for our turn
Laurence made several trips during     and is now available to Club Members        for about an hour we were just
the year with the choir, including a   to browse and borrow. The Collection        moving into position to board a car
trip to Israel, and wrote 5 chapters   is an enormous asset to our Club and        when the big wheel ground to a
about his life during club evenings.   we are most grateful to Lambeth for         halt. All further trips were
The Club congratulates Francoise       their support in ensuring it is             cancelled for the day, something
on her continuing success in her       accessible for our use.                     about a burst tyre, it sounded a bit
studies, gaining certificates for                                                  like my old bike.
cake decoration and sugar work          and is used regularly by all of the        The Future
along the way.                          students.
                                                                                   We look forward to another year at
Tracey was working at the               Old friends                                the Pool and wish all our members,
Millenium Dome on a year‟s                                                         past, present and future, happy
                                        In the run up to the general
contract in the Fruits of the Earth                                                reading!
                                        election of 2000, we were visited
zone, obtaining one or two              by Keith Hill, MP, who was                 Peter Ross
mementos while there but not            actually looking for his Labour
meeting ET in person.                   Party meeting and ended up in our

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Thamesmead Club

          he Thamesmead Club                    focus for the year has been on              Thamesmead and its immediate
          venue is 21 Tavy Bridge,              Volunteer and Student recruitment.          environs have a need for the
          a maisonette above the                                                            services we offer. Nevertheless,
                                                Volunteer recruitment has been
          local shopping centre.                                                            we continue to persevere.
                                                markedly more successful; thanks
The building is managed by Trust                                                                          More work is being
Thamesmead, a local                                                                                       done, and the results
umbrella charity, who                                                                                     are beginning to
                            Françoise Drysdale‟s Sugar Flowers
dedicate its use to a                                                                                     flow.
variety of local            BRAMBLE LEAF
voluntary groups. We                                                                                      Trust Thamesmead
are most grateful to
                            Materials                                                                     Outside the Club we
the Trust for making                                                                                      continue to receive
these premises              30 gauge wire in brown; Flower paste in dark green; Powder colours            news of the
available to us free of     (Dark Green, Cyclamen); Bramble Veiners; Edible Glue; and Rose leaf           activities undertaken
charge, for our regular Cutters.                                                                          by our landlord, Trust
Monday evening                                                                                            Thamesmead, to
sessions.                                                                                                 whom we are
                            Take a small amount of paste and work, then roll into a sausage.
Thamesmead is the                                                                                         afffiliated. We
smallest Amity Club,        Flatten slightly, then place onto board and roll forward.                     welcome the range
but during the year it                                                                                    of activities they are
                            Thin the paste on either side. Lift to check the groove and cut out leaf
met for some forty                                                                                        now able to
                            using correct cutter.
sessions with                                                                                             undertake and
interruptions only for      Insert wire along groove using a backwards and forwards motion.               applaud the work
Bank Holidays and the Vein leaf using veiner. Pinch in the centre along the line of the wire, and they are doing to
traditional annual          allow to fall back. Put into a plastic bag until ready to dust.               attract funding to
holiday breaks.                                                                                           Thamesmead and the
                            Place leaf onto a tissue and stipple the edges of the leaf with colour on     surrounding areas,
Gladys Zonena               both sides. Remove excess powder by gently blowing.                           particularly for
Glascoe was the             Dip into glaze then pat between tissue to remove excess glaze.                community projects.
Club‟s Supervising
Tutor, a role she held      Pinch the leaf again and push the wire into a polystyrene block to allow      We were also
since 1987, when the        leaf to dry.                                                                  grateful to be
Club opened. Her                                                                                          featured in their
health during this                              mainly to the support of Greenwich                        quarterly newsletter,
period has however been fragile,                Volunteers (to whom Amity has               promoting our work
and as a consequence Philip                     affiliated), who have been                  Philip Glascoe
Glascoe has taken over as the                   enormously helpful.
Club‟s Supervising Tutor.
                                                Student recruitment has been less
Overall, this has been a difficult              successful, notwithstanding the
year for the Club. Much of the                  fact that it is clear that the area of

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annual report 2000 – 2001                                                                                 page 17

The Students

         ur Students are referred        read is obvious to all. The             years. The Clubs‟ approach to
         to us by a wide variety of      community of the Clubs allows an        tuition is designed to foster that
         agencies, or less               opportunity to test and expand          commitment avoid discouragement
         frequently come to us           opinions and awareness, which in        and ensure the Student is able to
through self referral.                   turn provides a healthy                 follow through and attain their
                                         environment for the development         goals.
Typically our Students will have         of maturity and life skills.
some life experience which has
inculcated the desire to learn. In       Association with our Volunteers is
practice they range in years from        also a valuable feature, for these
school leavers to pensioners. The        are often individuals our Students
ethnic mix of the individual Clubs       would not normally meet, except in
reflects the communities in which
we work.
                                         Student Autonomy
Many of our Students have special
learning problems, which
                                         Our Students have autonomy in
exacerbate their difficulties in
                                         their literacy goals. We believe
learning to write and read. These
                                         that this approach, enshrined in
handicaps can take many forms,
                                         our Constitution, stimulates their
both physical and mental.
                                         motivation and commitment to
However, the common thread for
most is that conventional class
based tuition is unsuited to their       positions of authority. In the Clubs
needs or abilities.                      the Students meet them on a level
                                         footing, have their opinions
Amity‟s approach of one-to-one           respected and thus develop a wider
tuition is ideal, it gives the Student   perspective of society.
a concentration of tuition on
exactly their area of interest and       Our policy of Social Support (see
motivation of the moment, it can         page 19) is focused to respond to
be adjusted to their specific            the needs of individual Students as
learning needs and level of skills       they arise. It is an integral part of
development and can readily adapt        our approach and compliments the
to the dynamic of the tuition            other aspects of our work to
session.                                 develop the maturity and social
                                         skills of Students to match their
In addition, the context of one-to-      growing Literacy skills.
one tuition in a Club setting is a
highly supportive environment for a      For most of our Students the
Student. It takes away the sense         decision to seek help with their
of isolation that illiteracy can bring   literacy problems is a long-term
and the sense that their inability to    commitment for a period of several

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The Volunteers

           ur Volunteers are the very           Volunteer‟s own commitment,
           life‟s blood of the                  bringing with it a genuine sense of
           organisation, without                imparting skills of value and worth.
           their dedication and                 In addition, Volunteers gain
support we would be unable to                   valuable skills, both in terms of
fulfil our aims and objectives.                 teaching and social awareness; in
We recruit Volunteers by a variety              short through their involvement a
of means; they come from all                    Volunteer develops a greater
walks of life and their backgrounds             awareness of today‟s society and
reflect the multi-cultural society in
which we work. The common
thread they share is their delight in
the pleasures brought by writing               Our Students have special
and reading and there wish to                  educational problems, which
impart these skills to those who               require a long-term commitment on
have not had the good fortune to               their part. The style and format of
acquire them.                                  the Clubs is designed to foster this
                                               commitment. It is for this reason
Our focus on the “one-to-one”
                                               that we ask Volunteers for an
approach means that the training
                                               initial commitment of twelve
of Volunteers can concentrate on
                                               months, after their probationary
imparting the teaching skills
necessary for their specific student
and their needs at that time. This              is better equipped to face its
task is accomplished on a week to               challenges.
week basis by means of ongoing
tutorial training under our                     A significant number of our
Supervising Tutors.                             Volunteers stay with the Clubs for
                                                several years; we greatly
The ongoing training is                         appreciate their value and
supplemented by more formal                     commitment.
Training seminars held regularly,
outside the Club‟s evening sessions
and typically led by Gladys Zonena
Glascoe, our Founding Organiser.
For many Volunteers, what starts
out as a commitment to teach,
turns into the joy of imparting
knowledge to a Student who soon
becomes a friend. The dedication
of the Student reflects in the

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annual report 2000 – 2001                                                    page 19

Social Support Policy

         he Club‟s policy of Social    representatives, attend case
         Support is a vital part of    conferences and much more.
         our approach to Literacy      Of course some problems are
         Tuition. Its origins begin    intractable, but even when
in the one-to-one relationship         solutions cannot be found, the
between Student and Volunteer.         Student gains from the
An evening session normally starts     psychological benefit and self-
with an exchange of news, which
would often be expanded upon
during the mid-evening coffee          The Club Environment
                                       The Clubs meet in “neutral
It is here that the concerns,          premises” such as Libraries or
problems or pressures on the           Community Buildings, rather than
Student can be aired. Sometimes        Schools, which for many of our
the right response is counselling      Students have been the scene of
and advice from the Volunteer. In      failure in the past
other cases, the Club‟s Supervising
Tutor is involved. If appropriate,     Meeting as a Group, but in the
the matter is referred to the          context of one-to-one tuition,
Founding Organisers who can            provides the opportunity for social
invoke and bring to bear a wide        inter-action and development. We
range of contacts and skills.          find this has a maturing effect on
                                       our Students and is equally
The problems can be wide ranging       valuable for our Volunteers.
and both great and small. They
can be personal, work related, to      respect of having others showing
do with accommodation, or be           active interest and sympathy for
connected with the family. For us,     their needs. Consequently,
the criterion for action is that the   whatever form our actions take
Students themselves regard the         under our Social Support Policy,
problem or issue as important.         their direct impact on the Student
                                       is to assist them in their personal
Club resources are slender, and in     development and the personal
tackling a Student‟s problems our      maturing process, which ensues.
financial capacity for direct action
is strictly limited. However,          Apart from the tangible benefits
through our network of contacts,       referred to above, the approach
we are able to provide advice and      naturally enhances the Student‟s
counselling, invoke outside help,      commitment to the Club, which
write letters and references, assist   often impacts favourably on the
in the filling out of forms, act as    learning process.

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Amity Reading Clubs – A Short History

         he origins of our approach           through the adoption of our current    work, as it has done on society as
         go back to 1970 when                 name, Amity Reading Clubs.             a whole. Nevertheless, our
         Gladys Zonena Glascoe                                                       approach is durable and cost
                                              The 1980's saw a refining of
         (then Gladys Zonena) was                                                    effective and we continue to
                                              objectives coupled with the need
Tutor in Charge of the Blackfriars                                                   flourish. We enter our twenty
                                              to adjust to increasing competition
Literacy Scheme. Over her four                                                       seventh year of work with both
                                              for the restricted financial
years tenure she experimented                                                        optimism and encouragement
                                              resources available for voluntary
with and pioneered the unique                                                        arising from the continuing success
                                              work in the Capital. As a result,
approach to Literacy Tuition now                                                     of our Computer Literacy Project.
                                              by the end of the decade we had
enshrined in Amity.                           rationalised the scale of our
In 1974 Gladys moved from                     operations to a wholly voluntary
Blackfriars and established                   level, concentrating more on
Rathbone Reading Clubs together
with Philip Glascoe. By now, the
                                             On-to-One Tuition
technique was firmly in place and            Amity believes that one-to-one
the organisation affiliated to the           tuition in a Club setting under the
Lambeth Committee of the                     direction of a skilled and
National Elfrida Rathbone Society.           experienced Supervising Tutor is
Over the next six years, as new              the most effective teaching
Clubs were opened, a series of               environment for our Students.
new initiatives were piloted. One
of the most important was the                 improving the quality of support to
pioneering of Literacy Tuition to             individual Clubs and their Students.
the residents of Day Centres for
                                              In 1990 Amity affiliated to Trust
the Mentally Ill. This tangible
                                              Thamesmead, an Umbrella Charity
recognition that the mentally ill
                                              which supports voluntary and
could have problems over and
                                              community work in Thamesmead,
above their illness was a
                                              and has derived great benefit from
significant advance. We are
                                              this association.
pleased to record that our initiative
generated a change in attitude to             Latterly in the 1990's we have
such work by the Statutory                    introduced the Computer Literacy
Agencies.                                     Project. In addition, we continue
                                              to regard the promotion of the
In 1978 we applied for and
                                              benefits of our unique approach to
received Charitable Status. By the
                                              Literacy Tuition to both agencies
early 1980's, following a greater
                                              and individuals, as an important
concentration of focus on the “esn
                                              part of our work.
child” by the National Elfrida
Rathbone Society, we reinforced               The recession of the 1990's has
our commitment to “adult literacy”            impacted both on Amity and our

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annual report 2000 – 2001                                                                                     page 21

Publications                          Tuition Notes                                 Web Site

      Amity Reading Clubs                     The Language Experience             Most of the above, and much more
       Constitution.                            Approach.                           about Amity can be found on our
                                                                                    Web Site at

      Information for                         Some Spelling Rules.
       Educational, Social,
       Medical and Allied
       Services.                               Social Support Policy.

      Amity Reading Clubs‟:                   Amity Reading Clubs:
       Equal Opportunities                      Case Histories - Volume 1.

                                      A Volunteer‟s View
      Amity Reading Clubs
       Health and Safety Policy.      I am a single parent and as I don‟t work, I felt quite bored with my life. About
                                      two years ago I saw an advertisement in a shop window for Amity and felt
                                      that I would be able to help on a Voluntary basis. Since joining Amity I have
      Good Practice Manual to        helped Students of different abilities, my regular Student brings me joy as he
       organising and operating       continues to improve in both writing and reading.
       an Amity Reading Club (to      Through helping him I have helped build my own confidence up, seeing the
       be published shortly).         progress he has made with my help has given me the confidence I needed to
                                      try and improve my own life, and at twenty six years old I have applied to do a
                                      course at College
      The Worlds of Richard
       Walker. A collection of        This comment featured in Amity‟s annual report some five years ago. We are
       short stories by Amity         pleased to report that the individual has now completed her degree course at
       Student Richard Walker.        Greenwich University and graduated.

      The Growth of
       Awareness of Adult
       Illiteracy in Britain. Betty
       Cooper (1978)

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Finance Report

Introduction                                   depreciating new computer              been funded from reserves from
                                               equipment and photocopier at 20%       previous years.
Overall the Clubs incurred a deficit
                                               of purchase price per annum.
of £4,200.33 during the financial                                                     In subsequent years, it will be
                                               Second hand computer equipment
year.                                                                                 necessary to find alternative
                                               is depreciated over two years,
                                                                                      sources of revenue funding to
The principal cause of the loss was
                                                                                      cover our operating costs fully.
the vastly increased level of
depreciation, which has arisen                Donations and Grants
from the purchase of computers
and other equipment in previous               Amity Reading Clubs needs your
years. These investments have                 support if we are to continue our
largely been made possible through            work effectively. Any donations,
grants from the National Lottery              whether they be financial or in
Charities Board (NLCB) and others             kind will be gratefully received and
in previous years. The impact of              publicly acknowledged unless the
depreciation on these investments             donor wishes it to be otherwise.
will continue to be felt over the             Donations or Grants should be
next two years.                               made payable to Amity Reading
Income                                        Clubs and forwarded to our
                                              Registered Office at::-
Donations and fund raising by the
organisation generated income of                     61 Cedar Road
£1,124.52, of which some £114 is                     Sturry
attributable to the annual raffle.                   Canterbury
Further income from the raffle will                  Kent CT2 OJG
fall into next financial year.                      01227 711012
                                              If you are contemplating making a
97% of the Clubs expenditure was              Covenant, Legacy or Donation in
dedicated to the provision of                 kind, please contact the Founding
literacy tuition, which is                    Organisers
exceptionally high, even for a
voluntary organisation such as
                                               whilst the cost of software is
ours. 2% is attributable to fund
                                               borne in the year concerned.
raising costs, the benefits of which
                                               Capital expenditure will continue to
will also fall in next financial year.
                                               be geared to available capital fund-
Financial Policies                             Conclusions
We continue our policy of                      Expenditure during the year has

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annual accounts 2000 - 2001                                                        page 23

Finance Graphs

                          Annual Income 2000 - 2001



                    Donations        Bank Deposit Interest       Raffle

                      Annual Expenditure 2000 - 2001




         Direct Charitable Expenditure             Management and Administration

         Fund Raising

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page 24                                                                             annual accounts 2000 - 2001

Balance Sheet
As at 31 March 2001

   2000       FIXED ASSETS                                    £              £               £           £

  1,045       Office Equipment                                               605.00
    160       Literacy Equipment                                              90.00
  6,881       Computer Equipment                                           4,110.52
  8,086                                                                                    4,805.52

              CURRENT ASSETS

  3,164       Cash @ Bank: Current A/C                      1,686.96
     32       Cash @ Bank: Deposit A/C                         32.94
    225       Stock                                           225.00
  3,422                                                                    1,944.90



  2,607       Sundry Creditors                              2,049.25
      0       Sundry Debtors                                    0.00
  2,607                                                                    2,049.25
    815                                                                                     -104.35
  8902                                                                                                 4,701.17

              REPRESENTED BY:

              ACCUMULATED FUND

 15,015       Balance @ 1 April 2000                                                       8,901.50
  -6113       Deficit for the Year                                                        -4,200.33
  8,902                                                                                                4,701.17

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annual accounts 2000 - 2001                                                                                    page 25

Statement of Financial Activities
For the Year Ending 31 March 2001

   2000         INCOMING RESOURCES

    950         Donations                                                 1,010.00
      0         Fund Raising                                                  0.00
      0         Bank Deposit Interest                                         0.52
      0         Raffles                                                     114.00
    950                                                                                      1,124.52

                RESOURCES EXPENDED

                Direct Charitable Expenditure

   6948         Provision of Literacy Tuition                             5,156.87
      81        Management and Administration                                75.98
      34        Fund Raising                                                 92.00
   7,063                                                                                     5,324.85
  -6,113        Deficit for the Year                                                                           4,200.33

In my opinion the Statement of Financial Activities and Balance Sheet on Pages 24 and 25 of this annual report and
accounts are in agreement with the accounting records of the Clubs and the information and explanations provided to me
by the Club‟s Treasurer.

                                                                                                          Philip Glascoe
                                                                                                     21 November 2001

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          over twenty five years in adult literacy tuition
annual accounts 2000 - 2001                                 page 27


                              clubs in SE2, SE24 and SW16
Amity Reading Clubs
    61 Cedar Road
       CT2 0JG
     01227 711012

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