Volunteer at your local reading group

In a country where more than 7% of all working age adults can barely read or can’t read at all, we need your help to change people’s lives.
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You’re volunteering to help people who want to take control of their lives.

Our readers have often kept their literacy struggles a secret – too embarrassed and ashamed to seek help. Their bravery in coming to Read Easy means that you can help spark the transformation in their lives.

What’s involved?

How much time would I need to give each week?

Reading coaches are asked to provide two half-hour sessions each week, plus any travelling time involved. If you take up one of the many interesting roles on a local group Management Team, the time commitment will vary according to the role and is also likely to vary each week. Ask your local Volunteer Recruiter for more details.

What skills do I need to have?

For most roles, Read Easy does not insist on any particular set of skills, but looks for enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn what’s needed for that role. However, skills and experience in a particular area may be useful. For brief individual role descriptions click here.

What’s the application process?

If you’re interested in a role, start by having a chat with your local Volunteer Recruiter. If you then want to proceed, there is an application form to complete, which will ask you for a couple of references, and you will be asked to attend an informal interview.

What training would I get?

Reading Coaches receive two one-day training sessions, one before they start and one a few months after starting coaching. Training and/or induction is also provided for Management Team members.

What ongoing support would I receive?

As a Reading Coach, your Coordinator and local Literacy Specialist would provide you with whatever ongoing support you needed for your coaching sessions. If you become a member of a local Management Team, you would be supported by your Team Leader as well as Read Easy UK’s Regional Adviser.

To find out more, please contact the Volunteer Recruiter for your local group.

“I can fit Read Easy work around my other interests and commitments, but mainly I believe what I am doing is very worthwhile and gives me the same sort of purpose in my life as when I was working. I also enjoy being part of a team with a common aim.”

Debbie – volunteer Coordinator with Read Easy Wythenshawe