Good news from Steve in Winchester

You may remember reading about Steve’s progress in learning to read with the help of Lorna, his coach from Winchester, featured on our testimonials page?

If not, here is the link:

Steve has greatly improved his reading and writing skills this year. He wanted to share the very exciting news that he has been accepted to the Level 2 Functional Skills course at Peter Symonds, which starts in October. Steve had to sit a test on his reading, writing and spelling.

He explains: ‘There were 79 questions about it and I only got five wrong. Then I had to write a piece about why I wanted to do the course and a piece on my hobbies and interests. I think it went well, I got the level two course and I start in October’.

Many congratulations Steve, we are delighted for you and wish you every success on your new course. Keep us posted!

A diabetic improves his reading skills

When Nicola Cockell, the Read Easy Coordinator in Barnstaple, visited Sidney and Richard recently to see how they are getting on with their weekly reading sessions, she discovered that Sidney was having trouble with his eyes, probably as a result of his diabetes. Sidney has been told by his doctor to monitor his blood sugar carefully and has been considering how his diet should change to help.

Unfortunately, as Sidney struggles to read, he cannot read all the labels at the supermarket to make sure his sugar intake stays low. He would also like to cook more but cannot follow most recipes yet. Richard and Nicola are going to try and find ways to help Sidney understand more about food in the weeks ahead, using their reading sessions in a very practical way.

Sidney has made a great start with his reading and both Richard and Sid seem to be enjoying themselves immensely. This is great news. We will keep you posted of his ongoing progress, both with reading and the positive effects this will have on managing his health and well-being. To read more of Sidney’s story, go to our testimonials page:


Read Easy Conference 2017

We are looking forward to our fifth annual Conference, which will take place all day on Saturday 21 October at Chipping Campden School.

 Reading coaches and volunteer committee members come together for a day of workshops on relevant topics associated with adult literacy and have time to share resources and best practice – they also get to know each other over delicious refreshments!


It is only open to volunteers currently involved with Read Easy, but is free to attend and travel expenses are provided.

The inspirational guest speaker who will open the Conference this year is Sue Pember, the Chief Executive of HOLEX, which represents a network of more than 120 adult and community learning providers. They educate, train and re-train over 700,000 adult learners each year, so Sue brings a wealth of experience to enrich the knowledge and understanding of Read Easy’s volunteers.

Feedback from participants to last year’s Conference was very positive:

‘It was good to hear about what other groups are doing. It was obvious that we can all do even more!”

”Very inspirational…..very informative…..very interesting”

“I found it so useful to see we are part of a larger organisation” 

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