March 2015

Welcome to our blog, which we will update with interesting news from our groups on a regular basis.

Read Easy Honiton is up and running

We are delighted to share the good news that the Read Easy family is growing and we now have a group in Honiton. Their Management Committee has been hard at work to put everything in place since September 2014 and they are very pleased to announce the appointment of Eloise Evans as their new Coordinator.

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Full details of how to contact her and get involved as a volunteer coach or refer a new reader to the group can be found on this web-site at ‘Find your nearest group’ under the ‘Get Involved’ tab.

Amanda Whitlock, the South West Regional Adviser,enjoyed the training day in Honiton with the new Committee and Coordinator. Their feedback about the training was extremely positive, with everyone remarking on how useful they found it to help them work together as a team.

The new group is now in the process of interviewing potential coaches and readers and is looking forward to becoming an established and well recognised voluntary group within the town.

We congratulate the group on all their hard work to get to this stage and wish them every success in the months ahead. Keep us posted as new readers and coaches come on board.

New Look Website

After many months working behind the scenes with Graham Stacey, our website designer, we were pleased to be able to ‘go live’ last week with some new features on the Read Easy website. From the early feedback we have had so far, we trust these changes will improve the experience of both newcomers and old hands to the charity and help us to grow.

The site is now fully compatible with mobile devices, such as i-phones, tablets and phones. Although the look and navigation around the site has not greatly changed, it has been updated with a number of features which we hope will improve communication for everyone, namely:

  • Contact details for all groups and Pioneers to ensure that all potential volunteers or individuals concerned for prospective readers are able to make direct contact with their local group, rather than contacting the head office first. The groups have been arranged alphabetically.
  • A map with a search facility to find the nearest Read Easy group. Please note this is not geographically accurate, but just gives an indication of where the group resides.
  • Simplified text about what the charity does, although the fundraising and news sections will be reviewed and improved further.
  • Analytic tools built into the website to enable us to monitor how the site is used and help us improve it further.

As our website is so important in spreading the word about adult literacy and enabling those involved to access the Read Easy resources quickly and easily, it is a key resource for everyone.

Your feedback on the website is especially important, so please send any comments or ideas on how to improve the website to Judith Howard, our office administrator by email: Judith@readeasy.org.uk, with the URL link if possible, to clarify the page you are referring to. Thank you.

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