Read Easy Gillingham and Shaftesbury
About the group:
The Gillingham & Shaftesbury group started at the end of 2014 with volunteer coaches trained and working with our first few readers by the Spring of 2015. In the early years the geographical focus, as the name suggests was the North Dorset towns of Gillingham and Shaftesbury together with the villages in the SP7 & 8 postcodes. As the group has matured the reach has spread to encompass Wincanton and Sherborne.
During this year we have attended many local events big and small to raise awareness of what we do. A novel idea was to arrange a series of “Read Easy Raconteurs” events – one in each of the main towns we cover – to highlight the simple pleasure of reading a story out loud. The venues of choice were places most people visit – supermarkets! At each venue had a little set – a rug, chair, table and standard lamp and the raconteurs read stories, poems, letters, taking it in turns throughout a whole day to read their texts and talk to shoppers. The events were successful in raising a satisfying amount in donations and in the flurry of interest from potential volunteer coaches.
One of our early readers is about to achieve an ambition by having a book she has written about her literacy journey published. It will be available later in the year.
We are delighted to welcome a new member to our team: Sue Gilbert will be joining us as Co-ordinator for Sherborne, working with Jenny Pope.