Read Easy Birmingham SE & Solihull

Deborah Chard

Tel: 07504 286290


About the group:

We urgently need to grow our Management Team in order to meet this increasing demand within our area. Our current Management Team members bring enthusiasm and life experience to their roles, in addition to a variety of professional and working backgrounds. Work is flexible and can usually be tailored to one’s availability and skills.

All we ask for is a willingness to work as part of a team, and a desire to help in our wonderfully rewarding work.  We are currently seeking to appoint a Vice- Chair, Fundraiser & Publicity Organiser and an IT Manager. If you are interested in supporting us in our work, please email our Chair:   Our team of coaches operate within Solihull, Olton, Hall Green, Shirley, Dickens Heath, Balsall Common, South Yardley and Chelmsley Wood. Coaches and Readers need to be able to travel to one of these areas, where we typically hold reading sessions in a local library.

If you know anyone who needs support in learning to read, or to improve their reading, please get in touch.   We are very grateful to our team of volunteer coaches who help us in this amazing work, which has seen readers grow in confidence, find employment, and overcome many of life’s challenges.

While we are not actively recruiting coaches at the moment, all enquiries are always welcome, so please email our


Established in summer 2016 and has been meeting the needs of many adults ever since through one-to-one reading lessons. We have considerable demand for support, with readers from all walks of life, and are regularly contacted by local charities.

We have had a steady stream of readers either self-referring or via friends, family and agencies. We currently have 17 readers enrolled.

Chairperson / Coordinator Support
Lynn Wilson is a retired headteacher / teaching and learning consultant and manages her Read Easy commitments around several other volunteering activities and family.

Literacy Specialist / Treasurer
Joyce Matthews is a retired school literacy co-ordinator. She originally applied to be a coach, but hasn’t had the time for this yet!

Secretary / Data Protection & Safeguarding
Viv Taylor is a retired teacher and also originally applied to be a coach.

Fundraising / Publicity
Ian Taylor is married to Viv and runs his own engineering business. He offered to be on the committee as a short term support to make sure we could get started.

Venues / Interviews
Digby Rose is retired, and is responsible for arranging venues for readers and coaches to meet. He is also himself a coach, and is involved in interviewing prospective new coaches.