The Read Easy annual conference on Saturday 17 October was a great success, with just over 80 people attending as group representatives, speakers, forum facilitators or support staff. We were delighted that so many people were able to come.
Ginny Williams-Ellis gave an overview of what Read Easy has achieved for adult readers through the tremendously hard work of volunteer coaches and committee members in 20 established, affiliated groups and four pioneer groups across the country. This was celebrated in style over lunch with a glass of wine and at tea with a birthday cake to mark the charity’s fifth birthday.
Dr Anna Pitt, a Psychologist with the Dyslexia Research Trust, gave a fascinating talk on Dyslexia and useful strategies for working with adult readers.
Workshops run by specialists in Dyslexia, using effective PR, creating Facebook pages and working with the ‘moving ahead’ programme followed, before a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, forums were held for Chairs, Coordinators and Pioneers, as well as how to find new readers and using a wide range of literacy resources.
The feedback on the day was very positive, with some great ideas for how to make the Conference even better next year. Lots of ideas were shared and the atmosphere was a very happy one.
‘‘Thank you for an excellent day. It’s really re-energised me”
”Being part of Read Easy is an amazing experience which has brought me in contact with some wonderful people”
”Thank you – I’m buzzing!”