Read Easy Solihull

Deborah Chard

Tel: 07504 286290


About the group:

We currently have no vacancies for volunteer Reading Coaches. Please contact Debbie if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

We do, however, urgently need extra support in Read Easy Solihull, due to demands from growing numbers of Readers, and have a range of openings in the committee. If you are keen to be involved, please email Debbie for further details.

The Pioneer began in early 2016 and, with the business case approved, had a launch meeting later that year to recruit coaches and management team members. Forming a team took a while and, although we had readers and coaches waiting, we couldn’t recruit a Coordinator until mid 2017.

Everything has taken off really well since Debbie’s appointment and we had our first AGM in October 2017, with our first set of trained coaches in attendance.

Since then we have recruited and trained a second set of coaches with a further group pending. We have had such success in recruiting coaches that we have had to close our waiting list for the moment!

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.

Pioneer / Vice-Chair / Interviews
Linda Gifford is on a career break from HMRC.

Group News:

April 2018

Read Easy Solihull has been granted £2,500 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to help more adults learn to read. Read the article in full here: