DRUMCHAPEL residents are set to receive targeted help to improve their reading, writing and number skills.

The area is one of eight across the city where people are most likely to struggle with literacy and numeracy, according to council bosses.

A new plan to target help at people living in the city’s poorest areas was signed off by councillors at a meeting last week.

Susan Deighan, director of city marketing and external relations at Glasgow Life, said: “Community learning and development empowers people of all ages to work to make positive changes in their lives and in their communities through learning, personal development and active citizenship.”

Ms Deighan said: “The plan is aligned to the major issues facing the city, particularly health and poverty related inequalities. It is truly a plan for Glasgow.”

The community learning and development scheme helps disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of all ages embark on learning.

Ms Deighan pointed out best practice in Glasgow included work to build the capacity for education staff to use community learning to engage families. 

Speaking at the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership meeting, she added: “There are also areas for improvement.”

Coleen Willoughby, who worked on the plan, said consultation revealed a need to focus more on marginalised groups, outdoor learning, safe play, digital skill development and mental health. 

Ms Willoughby said: “Community learning and development is really life changing.”

Commenting on how the lessons were improving people’s mental health, she added: “It’s making them feel more positive, happier and is boosting self esteem and confidence.”