All sorts of skills are needed to run a successful local Read Easy group so, whatever your background, if you are interested in making a difference, you will almost certainly have something to offer.
Join your local management committee team
Being part of your local committee does not mean just joining a ‘talking shop’. It’s much more interesting than that! Each member needs to take on specific responsibilities and play an active part in ensuring that the group is as effective as possible in reaching and supporting local adults wanting to learn to read. Specific roles range from Literacy Specialist and Venue Organiser to Publicity Organiser and Fundraiser (as well as all sorts of things in between), and guidance is provided for those who take these roles on. For many roles, all that is needed is enthusiasm, commitment and a bit of 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 is probably 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. But those who have the time and skills required, find there are many rewards.
Become a reading coach
Anyone who can read fluently themselves and has the time to spare can apply to become a volunteer reading coach with Read Easy. No special qualifications are required as the reading scheme is designed to be easy for anyone to use but, 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 meeting regularly with someone twice a week for just 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 as someone learns to read! 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.