Who can volunteer?
Anyone who can read fluently themselves and has time to spare can apply to become a volunteer reading coach with Read Easy. No special qualifications are required as the Yes we can read book is designed to be easy for anyone to use to help teach an adult to read.
The sort of people we are looking for to become reading coaches are those who:
- are fluent readers themselves;
- relate well to others and have the skills and patience to support and encourage an adult who wants to learn to read;
- can commit to meeting regularly with someone, twice a week for just 30 minutes at a time.
Read Easy volunteers are asked to complete an application form, attend an interview and supply two referees. You will also need to be willing to undergo an Enhanced DBS (CRB) check.
What training will I receive?
Once accepted on the project, you will be invited to attend a one-day training session. This will provide you with an opportunity to discuss some of the issues surrounding adults who struggle to read, the challenges of working one-to-one, and also give you an overview of the Yes we can read book. It will also give you the chance to get to know other volunteers.
You will then be kept on a list until a new reader is found for you. We try to link our volunteers with a new reader who lives not too far away.
Read Easy will provide you with:
- a one day training session;
- a Yes we can read manual and a Reading Coach Handbook (when you are ready to start coaching);
- the support and general oversight of the local Coordinator;
- an opportunity to meet up with other reading coaches at regular meetings.
What will I be doing as a volunteer?
Readers and their coaches are given a list of places where they can meet so that they can choose somewhere that suits them both. These will be quiet discreet places in venues around the town, where it’s possible to work without being overlooked, but where there will always be other people around.
Reading sessions last no longer than 30 minutes and we ask volunteers to commit to meeting for at least two sessions a week. On this basis, it generally takes people anything between 6 and 18 months to work through the course. As any of our current volunteers will tell you, teaching an adult to read is a very rewarding experience. Why not give it a go?
I’m interested! How do I apply?
To find out if we have a group near you, please see our Find your nearest group page.