Read Easy Exeter

Alexa Lachlan

Email: alexa@readeasy.org.uk

Jolene Warren

Email: jolene@readeasy.org.uk

About the group:

Read Easy Exeter was set up in February 2018 and we are already beginning to meet the needs of a number of adults who have asked for help with their reading. The range of needs is broad – some are complete beginners and others want to improve their reading skills. However all, in the few months that they have been working with their Reading Coaches, are making great progress. The aim for each Reader is to meet twice a week for 30 minutes on each occasion. Our volunteer Reading Coaches find the challenge very rewarding and are really helping to change lives.

In addition to Reading Coaches, we welcome team members who can help make contacts with local communities in Exeter – people who are happy to network and to pass on what we do. Schools, Children’s groups, other charities and community groups are those most likely to come across adults who want help with their reading. Referrals most often come from people close to the Reader, those who have discovered what Read Easy has to offer and the opportunity it represents. Spreading the word is really important, so do get in touch if you want to help with this.

@Read_Easy_Exe

 

Group News:

March/April 2019 News … A Year On

A year after we launched, Exeter Read Easy is fully up and running, with 7 pairs of Readers and Coaches meeting in venues all over the city. This month we have just appointed two Co-ordinators, Jolene Warren and Alexa Lachlan, who will support our growth towards 20 pairs of Readers and Coaches over the months ahead.

Paul Fisher, Team Leader, in his interview earlier this year with John Stammers of Colab on Phonic FM (see Podcast link), pointed out that reaching those who needed help was not an easy thing but that close working with Citizens Advice and the Jobcentre in Exeter would be powerful ways of gathering Readers. Equipping CA Volunteers and Jobcentre Advisors with an understanding of what Read Easy does and, very importantly, supplying them with an easy method for those with reading problems to contact Read Easy will make a very big difference. Paul has been giving talks to both groups, CA Volunteers and Jobcentre advisors, and all will have clear, simple literature which will guide potential readers towards Read Easy.

The Podcast also makes clear the opportunities available for those who want to help the Exeter Team, in roles like publicity and fund-raising, as well as volunteering to be reading coaches.

A year on from our launch, we are very grateful to our sponsors for their help over the last two years in which we first planned and then launched Exeter Read Easy. These are : Exeter City Council, Exeter Rotary, Devon County Council, Devon Community Foundation and LiveWest.

In July, we are planning a Celebration BBQ to bring together our sponsors, readers, coaches and team members and award certificates to a number of our readers. Dates and details to follow.