To volunteer and to learn to read

Claire Dempsey

07941 515 220

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Current volunteering opportunities:

There are lots of interesting ways to get involved in a Read Easy group and we often have vacancies, both on our local Management Team and for Reading Coaches. At the moment we are particularly looking to fill the following roles:

  • Publicity Organiser - Telford, Market Drayton, Whitchurch and Wem
  • Coordinator - Wem
  • Literacy Specialist - Market Drayton, Whitchurch and Wem
  • Referrals Networker - Market Drayton, Whitchurch and Wem
  • Venues Organiser - Market Drayton, Whitchurch, Wem
  • Local Fundraiser - Whitchurch
  • Reading Coaches - Whitchurch and Wem

If there is a role listed here that would suit you, please either contact our volunteer using the contact details above, or complete a form using the ‘Enquire now’ button. If there are no suitable vacancies listed at the moment, you can still get in touch if you would like to, and we can keep a note of your interest, if you are happy for us to keep your details.

If you would like to find out more about each of our volunteer roles click here.

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About our group:

Read Easy Telford & Shropshire East affiliated in October 2019 and originally offered our services in the Telford and Wrekin area. The geographical area of our group has now spread to cover Market Drayton, Whitchurch and Wem.

Read Easy groups are financially independent from Read Easy UK, and we are responsible for raising all the money needed to keep our group going. If you would like to support our work, please get in touch to find out how.

Group Supporters:

We would like to thank the following organisations for supporting us:

  • The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant
  • The Cock Hotel, Wellington
  • The Red Lion, Market Drayton
  • The Sandbrook Vaults, Market Drayton
  • Tesco, Whitchurch
  • Telford Branch of Unite
  • Dobbies Restaurant, Donnington
  • Market Drayton Library
  • Something Different By The River cafe, Ironbridge
  • Southwater Library
  • Wellington Library
  • St John’s Methodist Church, Whitchurch
  • Dawley Christian Centre
  • The Barley Pub, Newport
  • Wem Library
  • Wem Town Council
  • Arleston Residents Group
  • Arleston Community Centre
  • Wellington Town Council
  • Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Whitchurch Town Council
  • The Sambrook Centre
  • Madeley Library
  • Madeley Town Council
  • Donnington and Muxton Parish Library
Ambassador for Read Easy Telford & Shropshire East Group
Local author -Carys Jones

I’ve always loved stories. Listening to them, reading them. For me, the thrill of the escape, the wonderment they hold, it has always been so important to me. I can still remember, as a little girl, being transported to the vast plains of America in Little House on the Prairie, feeling amazed at how real it all felt even though I never left my bedroom.


As I got older my relationship with books changed, became more important. When I was twelve I became very sick. Over the next ten years I’d be in and out of hospital constantly, undergoing numerous major surgeries. And books always came with me. They gave me somewhere to go, a place where I didn’t need to think about my broken body, or what was going on. Books also became a currency of care on the wards; when people were discharged they often left a book behind for those still in hospital. This was how I came to read my first Harry Potter book.


Reading, and stories, got me through the most brutal years of my life. At twenty three, recovering from my biggest surgery yet, bedbound and weak, I decided to do something I’d always dreamed of doing – write a book. I wanted to give back some of the magic which had helped me so much throughout my life. And that was it, I was hooked. Fifteen years later and I’m now a full time thriller writer for Orion. The magic is still there. Each time I read a book, or sit down with my laptop to write a new chapter, I’m taken somewhere else, somewhere special. For that is the beauty of books; they can take you anywhere. The journey begins with that first page. I wanted to lend my support to my local Read Easy group to help others discover the joy of reading. You can learn to read at any age and it can open up a world of possibilities. I know that I would have been lost without books.

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