Read Easy Shropshire Hills

Amana Winchester

Tel: 07707762653


About our group:

Read Easy Shropshire Hills helps local people who want to improve their reading. We cover the towns of Bishops Castle, Church Stretton, Clun, Craven Arms, Knighton and Ludlow as well as all areas in-between.

As a new group we require funds to cover the cost of teaching materials and reading books which are provided free of charge to our readers. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Read Easy Shropshire Hills, or you would like to support our cause by providing a donation, please contact us.




Group News:

Read Easy Needs You!

We’re celebrating a successful first year and have 10 people learning to read and 16 trained reading coaches. We’re now planning for future growth and are looking for volunteers to strengthen our small management team and help us run the service as we continue to grow.

This is an opportunity to work with a group of like-minded people to offer life changing opportunities to local people who cannot read. You don’t need to have a background in teaching or adult literacy to be involved, just some spare time and a connection to the work we do.

We are hoping to find two people to join our team:

  1. A second Coordinator to help match new readers to a reading coach in their local area and provide support and guidance as necessary to ensure that each new reader makes good progress.
  2. Someone to find new coaching venues when we need them. We have enough great venues at the moment to meet our needs but we recognise that we need someone to ensure we can always find comfortable, private places for our coaches to meet their readers.


We would love to hear from you if you like the sound of what we do and you think you would like to be involved. Please contact Amana Winchester on 07707 762653 or email



What our ambassadors say

Billy Postlethwaite, an actor appearing on stage and TV who grew up in our beautiful area.

‘Reading has always been a challenge for me as I am heavily dyslexic and it took a few years before tests came to that diagnosis. It was actually a big relief to know what I had and has helped me to understand myself. Reading is integral to my job as an actor, that said, reading is integral to modern life in general. This is why Read Easy is so brilliant and important. I would like to be an Ambassador because it may be helpful for people to hear from someone who struggles massively with reading and writing, but also understands the benefits and opportunities it unlocks.

Manda Scott, writes award winning historical fiction, thrillers and crime fiction from her home in Shropshire. She has recently won the Mcllvanney prize for crime fiction.

‘As a writer and novelist I use our written language to develop characters, weave plots and story lines, and convey drama, mystery and emotion in my work.  But for many people the written world is not a place to escape to, but a baffling place which is best avoided.’ ‘Reading is a skill for life. It is an amazing thing which helps us communicate, learn, work and enjoy life. Everybody deserves a chance to experience the rewards which come through reading. I am delighted to give my support to Read Easy Shropshire Hills.’