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Part-time position for Regional Adviser in North West England

Closing date: 9th March 2018

An exciting opportunity to help support the development of Read Easy as it expands into North West England

Read Easy’s volunteer-run groups are set up and supported by Read Easy UK, a registered charity based in north Gloucestershire. The organisation is rapidly expanding; it currently has 23 affiliated groups, the majority of which are based in the South West or Central England, with more in development.

Read Easy UK is now looking for a Regional Adviser to work two days a week in North West England, who will ideally be based in or near Manchester. The aim of the role is to support volunteers to set up new Read Easy groups and to ensure that all groups provide a consistently high quality experience for all those they work with.

For this rewarding and interesting role, you will need to have an understanding of the issues involved in working with volunteers; strong people management and interpersonal skills; excellent communication skills; and experience and confidence in running meetings, presentations and training. A background in adult literacy would be an advantage but not essential. Please note that this role is home-based and involves regular travel and occasional evening and weekend working. The successful candidate will need to have at least two years’ relevant experience.

Please see the job description for further details through this link to the Charity Job website: https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/read-easy-uk/regional-adviser-for-north-west-england

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter explaining in detail how you consider you meet the criteria for this post. Applications submitted without a covering letter that addresses the job description may not be considered.

Salary: pro rata, based on a full annual salary of £25,000

Good news stories from adults learning to read

Good news from our readers comes through regularly, detailing their progress on learning to read with the help of their reading coaches. The stories often illustrate how improving a person’s literacy skills helps to change their lives for the better in many other areas too.

With their permission, we share these stories on our Facebook and Testimonials pages at the earliest possible opportunity. Here are the links for keeping up to date with adults learning to read with Read Easy:

Testimonials

https://www.facebook.com/ReadEasyUK/

 

Read Easy’s fifth annual Conference

The Read Easy annual conference on Saturday 21 October was a great success, with over one hundred people attending as Read Easy group committee members, reading coaches, workshop facilitators or support staff. We were thrilled that so many people were able to come for our largest Conference since the charity was established seven years ago.

Ginny Williams-Ellis gave an overview of what Read Easy has achieved in the past year for adult readers –  through the tremendously hard work of volunteer coaches and committee members in 24 established groups and three Pioneer groups across the country. Our  key-note speaker was Dr Sue Pember OBE, former lead Director for Adult and Further Education in the Dept.BIS.

In this role, she was the architect for the Skills for Life Strategy and the current Adult Literacy Curriculum. Sue provided us with a fascinating insight into her role as a civil servant in this key area.

Her passion for ensuring that adult literacy is a top priority for the government is really encouraging; in her current role as Chief Executive of Holex, she continues to promote and protect opportunities for adults to improve their literacy skills.

Morning workshops included topics such as running great coach meetings, fundraising and the successful recruitment and induction of volunteers,  before a delicious lunch – with exceptional desserts!

In the afternoon, workshops were run on topics including a new reading assessment tool that Read Easy has developed, effective chairing and how to make the most of online promotional opportunities.

“A very enjoyable day, so well organised and professionally run. Keen to get back and start planning for next year.”

“I am new to Read Easy and so did not know what to expect. I have had a most enjoyable day and have learnt a lot.”

“The feedback on the day was very positive, with some great ideas for next year’s key-note speaker and how to make the conference even better next year. Lots of ideas were shared and the atmosphere was a very happy one.”

“I look forward to attending every year and keep my diary free to come. Thank you for making me feel part of the larger picture.”

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