Project information

YES you can!

Improving literacy and numeracy is known to have a lasting and transformational effect on many aspects of people's lives. YES runs classes for adults in Bristol who wish to improve these skills. Many are on low incomes and we need to be able to refund their travel costs in order for them to attend.

January 2013 - December 2014

Charity information

Youth Education Service Limited

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  • Need


    Adults with low levels of literacy/numeracy are:
    More likely to be homeless and less likely to own their home
    More likely to be in low-skilled and low paid jobs
    Less likely to seek or gain promotion or go on training courses
    More likely to be sacked or made redundant
    More likely to be dependent on benefit
    Less likely to be in good health
    More likely to have children who also have difficulty with reading, writing, numbers.


    We will refund the travel costs of adults who choose to attend literacy and numeracy evening classes at YES. This will enable them to attend, improve their skills and in many cases gain accreditation. This will mean they are more employable more able to play an active support in society and more able to help their children with reading, writing and numbers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Students attend free classes at YES to improve basic English and Maths


    » Run 2 evening classes per week for 40 weeks for adults who wish to improve their literacy/numeracy.
    » Recruit adults through our links with City of Bristol College and other agencies as well as by outreach.
    » Recruit volunteers to help via Bristol University and Volunteering Bristol
    » Refund bus fares for students who are not employed and don’t have ‘diamond’ card.

    Success will be shown by:...
    Numbers referred and self referred
    Numbers attending
    Numbers accessing support with bus fares

    Aim 2

    Students increase in confidence and skills.


    » Students complete Initial assessment and self assessment
    » Students take part in individual and group learning activities.
    » Students complete accreditation and gain certificates.

    Success will be...
    Feedback from students and volunteers
    Numbers gaining accreditation
    Numbers obtaining employment
    Numbers achieveing their own learning goals


  • Impact


    The project will increase the number of adults attending YES and improving their skills during 2013. For these students we expect to see long term changes.
    We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring numbers attending.
    We will measure success through feedback from students, volunteers and tutors.


    The risk attached to this project is that we could lose the funding which pays for our tutors. If this were the case we would try to continue to operate the project through 2013 using volunteers to provide the tuition, while the YES Essential Skills Co-ordinator and Trustees sought alternative funding.


    Donors to this project will be invited to be our friends on Facebook (page yet to be launched) and we will use this mechanism to keep them in touch with the project. We will also send all donors and electronic newsletter at the end of the project in December 2013.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Travel costs Travel costs for adults attending YES classes
  • Background


    The project will run from our base, 14 Frederick Place, Bristol, BS8 1AS. This provides a suitable, informal learning environment. It is within walking distance of the centre of Bristol and on good bus routes to the north and west. Vitally it is neutral territory where everyone can make a fresh start.
    Our main teaching room has computers and a small 1-1 or counselling room is attached, suitable for confidential interviews and reviews.


    Adults living in Bristol, isolated due to literacy/numeracy and often mental health issues and poverty. They mainly have skills at Entry level which is lower than a GCSE D-G. This means they are unable to deal with many of the everyday tasks we take for granted such as filling in a form, checking change, reading a timetable, reading to a child. They are also limited in employment opportunities. Some have general learning difficulties, others have specific learning difficulties eg dyslexia.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    YES is a provider of informal learning opportunities to young people and adults whose needs are not being met by other agencies in Bristol. We have a contract with the City of Bristol College and good links within the Bristol voluntary sector. We have highly skilled and qualified tutors who provide informal learning opportunities tailored to students' individual needs and interests. Learning is developed around the student, rather than the student being squashed to fit into mainstream provision.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Christine Cox

    Co-ordinators the classes, interviews new students and teaches literacy to individuals and groups as well as training volunteers.

    Jo Yeandle

    Teaches maths to adults and is senior internal verifier.

    Noelle Evans

    Teaches literacy to groups of adults and supports volunteers in the groups.

    Edwina Bellot

    Teaches literacy and numeracy to adults.


For one adult to attend classes at YES for a year.

I struggled in school because of anxiety and depression. YES is a relaxed place for people who struggled with education to come and learn.