Many different skills are needed to run a successful Read Easy group, so if you are interested in making a difference, you will almost certainly have something to offer.
Join your local management committee team
Each member of a local committee takes on specific responsibilities to ensure that the group reaches and supports local adults wanting to learn to read. Specific roles include: Literacy Specialist, Venue Organiser, Publicity Organiser and Fundraiser – full guidance is provided for those willing to take these roles on. For many roles, all that is needed is enthusiasm, commitment and some spare time. Being part of a Read Easy committee can be great fun, so if you’re interested, do contact your local group to find out what opportunities they have.
Become a Coordinator
This can be the most rewarding Read Easy role of all, but also the most time-consuming. The Coordinator is the person responsible for enrolling adults who want to learn to read, interviewing volunteers, pairing them with new readers, and then providing ongoing support and oversight. Volunteers for this role need to have strong people and organisational skills and the equivalent of a couple of days a week to spare.
Become a reading coach
Anyone who can read fluently themselves and has the time to spare can apply to become a Read Easy volunteer reading coach. No special qualifications are required, as the reading scheme is designed for anyone to use. Once accepted by a local group, volunteers are required to attend an Initial Coach Training day before being paired with a new reader. This is followed by a Consolidation Training day after volunteers have started coaching. Reading coaches are asked to commit to meet regularly with their reader twice a week for only 30 minutes at a time.
Becoming a reading coach can be a life-changing experience for the volunteer as well as the new reader, as they watch the transformation that can take place. Read Natalie’s account of being a reading coach on our Testimonials page: http://readeasy.org.uk/testimonials/
To find out if we have a group near you, please see our Find your nearest group page.
Become a Pioneer
If you are really interested in getting involved in Read Easy and there is no group in your area, you might like to consider starting a group yourself. To find out more about what is involved, please see our Start a new group page.