What is a Pioneer?
A Read Easy ‘Pioneer’ has the task of doing the groundwork that is needed to establish a Read Easy group in a new area. Once accepted by Read Easy UK, the Pioneer’s goal is to form a committee, whose members can then together take responsibility for setting up and running the new group. The Pioneer role can be taken by just one person, or two people working together.
What support would I be given?
After an initial application and interview process, Read Easy UK would provide you with a one-to-one advice session before you started, a Pioneer Handbook, publicity materials and plenty of on-going support and guidance.
What is involved?
As a Pioneer you would need to network with a range of organisations in your locality to establish first of all that there is a perceived need for a group there. You would then need to further publicise the scheme across your community to build support for starting one. This would include organising and inviting people to an open meeting to find out more, when a representative of Read Easy UK would come and do a presentation.
Once a committee was established and affiliated to Read Easy UK, we would provide a comprehensive start-up package of training and resources to make the setting up and running of the group as straightforward and effective as possible.
More details of what is involved in becoming a Pioneer are provided in our Introduction for potential Pioneers.