Read Easy (Plymouth)

Read Easy (Plymouth)

Name: Read Easy (Plymouth)
Organisation: Read Easy (Plymouth)
Location: The Old Post Office, Bell Lane, Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9BB
Type: Part Time
It needs to be understood at the outset that there is a time commitment required over and above just attending meetings: ● Team & Coordinator Training – all Team members are asked to attend this one-day training session run by Read Easy UK, which is designed to introduce you to your responsibilities and give you a chance to have your questions answered. It is usually arranged as soon as a Coordinator is appointed. ● Getting the group set up – the time involved will vary according to your role(s), but could require quite a few hours a week to begin with. ● Keeping it going - Once the group is up and running, the time requirement is likely to vary from very little much of the time, to more intensive input at other times. ● Meetings - You will probably need to have Team meetings about once a month to begin with; being realistic, you should expect these to last up to two hours. ● Training & other events – once a Read Easy group is established, they will host an initial and consolidation training event annually, the Team is responsible providing the venue and lunch and generally organising the day. ● Termly Coach Meetings – these last a couple of hours – and other occasional events. However, not all Team members need attend all these events every time. Of course, the work involved can usually be arranged to fit around other activities, so it can be very flexible, and we hope you will find that it will bring its own rewards.


Could you help Read Easy Plymouth support local people who want to improve their reading?
Read Easy is about to launch in Plymouth, and we are looking for people to get involved in our new management team. This is a chance to work with a small group of like-minded people to offer life-changing opportunities to local people who cannot read.
We need volunteers who:
- are energetic and enthusiastic
- are keen to make a difference in their communities
- have initiative and time to take on various roles in running the group
- would like to use their skills to help run the group
- may be interested in working directly with Readers and volunteer Reading Coaches as a Coordinator
Is this you? If so, please get in touch to find out more!

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Organisation Description

Read Easy is a not-for-profit organisation that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to give one-to-one tuition to adults who struggle with reading. Working through community-based volunteer groups, Read Easy offers a free, friendly, flexible approach to learning to read for any adult who either can’t read at all, or who lacks confidence with reading.

Its success is founded on a one-to-one approach, using a highly effective, phonics-based reading scheme, supported by other learning activities. It gives people the opportunity to work in private and at their own pace and builds reading skills, confidence and self-esteem.

On completion of the reading scheme, Read Easy offers a second stage of literacy support to help new readers to consolidate their skills further and to give them the confidence to move on to other opportunities.

Read Easy UK is the umbrella organisation and registered charity that enables volunteers to set up Read Easy groups in their own areas. Read Easy UK is governed by a Board of Trustees and is run from a small head office in north Gloucestershire. Every week, Read Easy UK receives enquiries from adults across the UK, either interested in volunteering or looking for support with reading.


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Cause / Interests

  • Education and Literacy
  • Employment
  • Families

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Community Work
  • General and Helping
  • Teaching, Training and Coaching
  • Trusteeship and Committee Work

Skills and Qualifications


Personal qualities looked for:
● an interest in the difficulties faced by those who struggle with reading;
● a non-judgemental attitude and respect for others;
● energy, enthusiasm and commitment;
● the ability to use initiative and work independently;
● the ability to work well as part of a team;
● willingness and understanding of the need to abide by Read Easy UK policies and procedures;
● a commitment to maintaining confidentiality;
● the ability and confidence to work on a computer and access documents online.


The management team vacancies all offer the huge satisfaction of being part of a group that can and will make a difference. Please visit the website to read testimonials and watch videos describing how learning to read changed people's lives.

We currently need:
Literacy specialist - A very important and rewarding role within the group. You would provide support with literacy issues to the Coordinator and Reading Coaches and assist in running Coach meetings. The person who takes on this role should have a background in teaching reading/literacy (preferably, but not necessarily with adults)
Venue organiser - A great opportunity to get out and about in your community, liaising with local businesses and organisations to find and arrange suitable reading venues for your group
Fundraiser - Use your tenacity and creativity to raise funds to ensure that the group’s running expenses are covered so that more people can learn to read!
Volunteer recruiter(s) - A really interesting opportunity to help manage the recruitment and interviewing of volunteers for your group

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Interview