Two Men Celebrating Nominations For Numeracy And Literacy Award.

PUBLISHED: 12:42 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

A FORKLIFT truck driver and charity president is celebrating his nomination for a numeracy and literacy award. Jim Latimer, president of Ely Lions, started learndirect courses at Ely Library in 2008, after a serious accident left him off work for months.

A FORKLIFT truck driver and charity president is celebrating his nomination for a numeracy and literacy award.

Jim Latimer, president of Ely Lions, started learndirect courses at Ely Library in 2008, after a serious accident left him off work for months. He slipped a disc in his back and was forced to start thinking about a change of career.

"After the accident I was told I'd never be able to do heavy lifting again," said Jim. "It was a pretty tough time for me, and I was forced to think about what else I might want to do for work. With my career up in the air, I needed something to take my mind off it, and just needed to feel better about myself."

Jim's hard work in literacy and numeracy classes led to him being nominated for the learndirect Achievement Awards, which were set up to reward some of the 26,000 people in East Anglia who take up one of learndirect's courses.

He uses his new-found skills to help write speeches for his work with Ely Lions. and is taking a learndirect computer course.

"Before learndirect, I didn't have the confidence to read anything I had written out loud," said Mr Latimer, who is 38. "It's amazing how much more trust I have in my abilities now."

Staff at the Ely Library Learning Centre were delighted by Mr Latimer's progress.

"Jim was forced out of work for a long time, and such an experience would have made a lot of people lose hope," said centre co-ordinator Alison Kilby. "But Jim came into our centre with a positive, go-getter attitude and his enthusiasm and determination to finish his courses has impressed all of us here."

Mr Latimer is back at work and in his free time is enjoying reading to his seven-year-old daughter and giving speeches to hundreds of people at Lions meetings.

INFO: www.learndirect.co.uk

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