Read Easy was founded in 2010 by Ginny Williams-Ellis. As a literacy tutor at Dorchester Prison, Ginny was responsible for running the Shannon Trust‘s prisoner-to-prisoner reading programme and saw for herself how a confidential, one-to-one approach could encourage people to come forward for support and successfully learn to read.


It became clear that there was an urgent need for a similar scheme in the wider community. With the support of many local agencies, Read Easy Dorchester & Weymouth was launched and in a very short time many people were coming forward and making remarkable progress.


This quickly led to interest from other areas. To meet this wider demand, Read Easy UK was established in 2011 to help volunteers to set up new Read Easy groups in other parts of the country. Within a year, three further groups had been formed and the organisation has continued to expand ever since. We are now thrilled to have many affiliated reading groups across the country, and are working hard with our dedicated Pioneers to open many more local groups in all parts of England – and in due course across the rest of the United Kingdom – in the months and years ahead.

“Since learning to read, I have gained the confidence to read in public and ask questions. In restaurants, I can make my own choices and not have to copy someone else’s”.

Alison – Reader, Read Easy Winchester