Guernsey Adult Literacy Project cow parade on Crown Pier

July 1st, 2012 by Sustainable Guernsey

On 1 July 2012 between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm several thousand people visited the Crown Pier in St Peter Port to view the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project cow parade (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Adult Literacy Project (GALP) community art project is in its second year.

Its purpose is to raise funds to help Guernsey adults with reading difficulties.

Jubilee sponsored by Jill Vaudin Publishing and decorated by Jill Vaudin (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Trevor Wakefield, Principal of the Guernsey College of Further Education, and head of GALP, said “GALP exists to help adults with reading and writing problems and covers basic numeracy as well. It works with about 100 adult learners per year.”

In 2011 GALP organised the donkey parade. For 2012 GALP chose the Guernsey cow.

Sir Loin sponsored by Collins Stewart and decorated by Mark Cook (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Organiser of the cow parade, Trevor Wakefield, said “it has been done by the community for the community. I think it really hit home last year. People realised this is for Guernsey, which is why we chose the cow this year and it has generated a phenomenal response.”

Heraldine sponsored and decorated by the Guernsey Herald (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“Hundreds of people have helped decorate the cows including children from five or six Guernsey schools,” Trevor Wakefield said.

Fifty-two decorated fibreglass Guernsey cows made up the GALP cow parade on Crown Pier in St Peter Port on 1 July 2012.

Captain Daisy of the HMS Moo sponsored by Condor Ferries and decorated by John, Sam and Jamie Lee (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The cows that have the body proportions of a heifer will be on display all around Guernsey from 1 July 2012 until they are rounded up on 15 and 16 September to prepare for their auction, when they will be on display together again, on 23 September 2012.

GentMoo sponsored by Gentoo Fund Services and decorated by Sam Clark (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

On 1 July 2012 visitors to the Crown Pier could buy a raffle ticket to win a cow decorated for the purpose.

Lady Gertrude sponsored by Collas Crill and decorated by the GYWI (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Some cows have a donation box in their base. These cows will be displayed in secure locations.

Lisia sponsored by Investec, clothed by Guernsey Woolens, and painted by Hannah Wakefield (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The main GALP fund raising event is the auction of the decorated cows on 23 September. The highly successful donkey auction in 2011 generated £58,000.

Destiny sponsored by Mydestination.com and decorated by Ladies College (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Auctioneer Norman Wilkinson from CI Auctions will be accepting commission bids and telephone bids for the cows during the auction.

Parsley sponsored by Scope Furnishings and decorated by Caroline Cummins (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Adult Literacy Project costs about £50,000 per year to run. Janet Wakefield and Peter Henry are specially trained to teach adults with reading difficulties. They provide individual tuition to about 100 adults per year.

Moooo-Vement sponsored by Ray and Scott and decorated by Ray 'tic-toc' Scot (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Family members, community nurses and employers may contact GALP to say they know someone who might benefit from GALP’s help.

Clickity Moo sponsored by Saffery Champness and decorated by Monika Drabot (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Janet Wakefield spends 15 to 20 hours per week providing individual tuition.

Le Rosbeef sponsored by Fleur du Jardin Hotel and decorated by Matt Warren (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

She said the problem with adult literacy is the same in Guernsey as it is in the UK. We see some people who start with learning A,B,C. We teach people who are not able to write their own name.

Skye sponsored by The Co-op Bank and decorated by St Martin's Church (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“There are many reasons why people don’t learn to read at the right time,” she said.

Zeus sponsored by Lloyds Bank and decorated by Charlotte and Beth (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“If you have a serious illness or bereavement or a family breakup – there are all sorts of things that can disrupt an education.”

Patsy sponsored by Cooper Brouard and decorated by Melissa Ay (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“If you miss out at a certain time when the learning is going on there’s no provision to catch-up and you get left behind, and you get disheartened, and then you get disgruntled,” she said.

Medium Rare sponsored by Les Douvres Hotel and decorated by Sharna Lowery (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“Low intelligence is not something we come across. Undiagnosed adults with dyslexia form the biggest group of people that we see because they do need a different type of teaching. They need a multi-sensory approach,” she said.

Le Moorier sponsored by Mourant Ozanne and decorated by Le Murier School (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“The reason we do one-to-one teaching is because people do not feel comfortable and relaxed when there are other people around,” Janet Wakefield said.

Isabelle sponsored by Isabelle Vets and decorated by Lara Merrien (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“People are quite proud of saying they are rubbish at Maths, but they would never say the same about reading and writing,” she said.

Captain Jack sponsored by Crabby Jack's and decorated by Kirsty Chick and Lucy Fleming (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“In previous generations you could get by without reading but now if you cannot read you are really disadvantaged. You cannot read bills or notices that come through the door, and then you can get into trouble for not paying,” she said.

Jooby Lee sponsored by Guernsey Dairy and decorated by Moejoe (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

GALP works at the Guernsey prison, with Social Security, and with adult guidance manager Richard Vivian at Guernsey Careers Service.

Patch sponsored by Morgan Sharpe and decorated by Kate Kellaway (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“We suspect there are a lot more adults in Guernsey that need our help. We don’t even scratch the surface,” Janet Wakefield said.

Patch sponsored by Morgan Sharpe and painted by Kate Kellaway (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Adult Literacy Project can be reached by calling 01481 737518.

(from left to right) Patch, Le Rosbeef, and Moorier (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Many people, organisations and businesses help GALP.

AJ Removals transports the cows. Dave Dowding of Dowding Signs made the plaques for the cows.

Hannah Wakefield of Mourant Ozanne with 'Archie' she painted for A.J. Removals (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Herald Print produced the map showing where the cows are located.

Topsy Turvey sponsored and decorated by Betley Whitehorne (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Betley Whitehorne designed the website.

Ermintrude designed by Catherine Best (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Catherine Plevin designed the logo, and Officepoint (Guernsey) Ltd sponsored the colouring competition, which will be judged by Sara Serafin and members of Sarnia Arts and Crafts Club.

Janet Wakefield with Millie, the raffle cow, that she decorated with Nina (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Connie, sponsored by KPMG, and given a face lift by Mandy Redhead (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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