One in 20 adults in the UK has never learnt to read at all, but it is never too late to learn. Read Easy UK is a volunteer organisation that delivers one-to-one reading coaching to adults aged from 18-88 through a network of affiliated, locally-run volunteer groups.
With its free, flexible, confidential approach, Read Easy encourages many people who are too embarrassed to join a class to come forward for one-to-one support. Each new reader is provided with their own personal Reading Coach, so that they can learn in private and at their own pace. Learning to read then transforms their lives in many other ways as well, including enabling them to support their children’s and grandchildren’s reading, and so transfers the benefits to the next generation.
There are currently 33 affiliated Read Easy groups across South West, Central and North West England, together involving around a thousand volunteers. Read Easy UK is the registered charity and umbrella organisation, based in north Gloucestershire, which supports this network of volunteer groups. In line with our newly-launched, ten-year strategic plan, we are now working to expand our reach across the whole of England over the next five years
As our London and South East Regional Adviser, you would network and publicise the opportunities Read Easy has to offer, both for volunteers and those who want to improve their reading. Your aim would be to find volunteers to ‘pioneer’ three new groups in your region each year, and then provide them, and our existing groups in the region, with high-quality support to ensure that they provide a consistently high quality experience for everyone they work with.
For this rewarding and dynamic role, you will need to have experience of working with volunteers; strong people management and interpersonal skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and the confidence to run meetings and deliver presentations and training. A background in adult literacy would be an advantage but not essential.
This is a part-time role for 15 hours per week, with the possibility of increased hours in the future as the work grows. Please note that this role is home-based, requires flexibility and involves regular travel and occasional evening and weekend working. The successful candidate will have been employed to work with volunteers for at least two years.
Salary: £25,425 per annum plus London weighting. Please note, this is the full time equivalent salary, and the part-time salary will be calculated pro rata. Pension scheme available.
To apply please provide a CV and covering letter. Your covering letter should systematically evidence how you meet each of the criteria and competencies on the person specification for this role in detail, point by point, in the order laid out above, and preferably under appropriate headings. Applications that do not provide this level of detail will not be considered.
The closing date for this post is Sunday 8th November 2020.
“It’s been a life-changing experience. Last week I read a book to my grandson.
I never read to my children because I couldn’t.”
Peter, from Read Easy Poole
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