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.”