Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups.
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SummaryWe are looking for a co-ordinator to support our coaches and readers.
Around 5,000 adults in Stevenage may not be able to read. Or write.
Not being able to read or write has a negative impact on a person’s ability to earn money, their social lives and helping their children to learn. If you are good with people, you could play a vital role as a Read Easy Coordinator in changing their lives.
Read Easy Stevenage and North Herts is a small group of volunteers providing free one-to-one reading coaching for adults in Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth. As a co-ordinator, you would be matching adults wanting to learn to read with the volunteer coaches who teach them. You provide continuing support with the help of our Literacy Specialist and the management team. The role is very flexible and the time required varies every week. The role provides lots of variety and can work well around other commitments.
We have one co-ordinator who says
“Being the Coordinator is the best of both worlds - I get to meet a variety of people who are all keen to develop and improve their reading and to work alongside enthusiastic coaches and management team. It's lovely to see the progress made during the coaching sessions. It’s a great team to be a part of.”
What we will provide to volunteers💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
About Read Easy Stevenage & North Herts
Our readers and coaches meet twice a week and work for just half an hour at a time through a structured, phonics-based reading programme. Normally, they meet at approved local venues, but since the pandemic, many have moved to working remotely. The confidential one-to-one nature of our service is vital to encouraging people to come forward to ask for our help. Many adults are deeply embarrassed and ashamed by the fact that they are unable to read and, with bad memories of school, would fear a return to a classroom setting, where old feelings of failure could be reawakened. By working instead with one dedicated volunteer coach, a supportive and trusting bond develops between the pair, which helps motivate the reader to complete the course.
Read Easy UK, which is based in Gloucestershire, is registered as a CIO with the Charity Commission. We are the umbrella body which supports volunteers to set up Read Easy groups in their communities.