Read Easy Birmingham SE & Solihull

Deborah Chard

Tel: 07504 286290


Lynn Wilson - Volunteer Recruiter (Please contact Lynn for all volunteering queries)


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.

Team Leader
Lynn Wilson Manages her Read Easy commitments around several other volunteering activities and family.

Literacy Specialist / Treasurer
Joyce Matthews She originally applied to be a coach, but hasn’t had the time for this yet having taken on the roles of Literacy Specialist and Treasurer!

Secretary and Admin support for Coordinator /  Data Protection & Safeguarding
Viv Taylor is retired and also originally applied to be a coach.

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.

Co-ordinator Support & Referral Networker
Sally Thornborrow
Sally is retired and has recently joined the Management Team which has enabled us to increase the number of reader/coach pairings.
VACANCIES: Fundraising and Publicity, IT support and management, Vice- Chair