Read Easy UK

Read Easy UK

Charity information

Read Easy UK

Read Easy UK offers the only national, one-to-one reading tuition programme in the UK for illiterate adults. The charity provides this reading coaching by training community volunteers across the UK.

Founded 2011

  • Mission statement

    Approximately 2. 4 million adults in the UK are 'functionally illiterate'. Read Easy UK offers the only national, one-to-one reading tuition programme in the UK for illiterate adults. Many adults who cannot read are embarrassed about their inability to read and are generally unwilling to join group classes. Read Easy provides confidential, private one-to-one teaching. The charity relies entirely on trained volunteers in the local community to teach these adults to read. This provides a rewarding volunteering opportunity for people to help others in their immediate community. This 'double benefit' to both volunteer and reader is an inherent, and integral, part of the charity's ethos. Read Easy UK will provide the framework, resources, training and support necessary to establish a new volunteer Read Easy group anywhere in the UK.

    Illiteracy is isolating. Almost everything we do in the modern world involves reading. Not being able to read bedtime stories to children or read the side of a packet in the supermarket creates a strong feeling of inadequacy. Learning to read makes a life-changing difference to these individuals. Read Easy's own evaluation evidence shows learning to read improves family relationships, mental health, employment opportunities and involvement in their communities. Above all, it improves people confidence and self esteem. Learning to read changes live permanently.

  • Aims

    Read Easy UK aims to:

    • To provide confidential, one-to-one reading tuition to any illiterate adult tin the UK.
    • To recruit volunteers from the local community to train as reading coaches.
    • To harness local energy and initiative by providing the structure for ordinary people to help illiterate adults by creating Read Easy groups all over the UK.
    • To impact the lives of our new readers’ families, by breaking the cycle of illiteracy that often exists, and enabling parents and grandparents to support their children’s reading.
  • Overview

    Established: September 2011

    Registered Charity Number: 1151288

    Board members: 5

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 250

    Phone number: 01386 701883

    Address: The Old Post Office, Bell Lane, Blockley, Gloucestershire GL56 9HR

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