Volunteer Reading Coaches, Team Leader and Literacy Specialist

Read Easy Brighton

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Read Easy Brighton is looking for support to help us get the ball rolling on a brand new group in Brighton.

Read Easy is a national charity. We know that for many adults reading can be a struggle and we're passionate about changing that. Read Easy offers a tried and tested programme of confidential, free, one-to-one reading coaching. To start up in the Brighton area, we are looking for volunteers to join the Management Team and/or become Reading Coaches. For both roles, training and ongoing support from a Regional Adviser is provided. 

Becoming part of the Read Easy team is fun and fulfilling but requires commitment and passion. You'll be given training and develop new skills, you'll meet a diverse range of people, and you'll help change lives.

With Read Easy, beginner readers complete a 20-week course. Many go on to other courses or to employment or experience the joy of reading to their children. Above all, readers gain a new sense of confidence and self-esteem.


For Reading Coaches, full training is given, and user-friendly course materials are provided. You will need an interest in the difficulties experienced by people who struggle with reading, and a non-judgemental attitude. You will also need the ability to work on your own initiative and be part of a team. As well as having access to a computer, you will need to understand the need for confidentiality and to follow Read Easy policies and procedures. 

A number of roles are available in the Management Team.  These include the Management Team Leader, who provides leadership across the local group and supports the team of volunteer Reading Coaches. Another key role is the Literacy Specialist, who leads on Literacy issues and supports the Reading Coaches in delivering the course. For this role, experience of teaching Literacy would be an advantage, ideally with adult learners. Other roles within the Management Team include Fundrasier, Secretary, Publicity and Volunteer Recruiter. 


Joining Read Easy Brighton will give you the opportunity to change lives - using your time, skills and experience to make a real difference to your community.

You will become part of a vibrant team of like-minded people. There are termly Reading Coach meetings and two Reading Coach training days per year. In addition to a busy on-line community, there are Read Easy UK Regional Forums and an Annual Conference. Reading Coaches acquire significant teaching, mentoring and communication skills.

The Management Team meets every 6-8 weeks. They are supported by a Regional Adviser with experience and expertise in helping Read Easy local groups thrive. Management Team members develop considerable knowledge and understanding of the voluntary and education sectors and a wide-ranging skill set that includes people management, communication, leadership and team working. It is a wonderfully rewarding role rooted in a tried and tested teaching method but offering plenty of scope for you as an individual to make a difference. 

Practical Considerations

Reading Coaches meet with readers every week for 20 weeks. We have a number of teaching rooms that offer a "private space in a public place" - offering privacy at the same time as ensuring both reader and Coach are safeguarded. The day and time of the sessions can be negotiated between the reader and Coach.  

The intention of Read Easy Brighton is to work across the city. Initially, however, we have targeted the following areas of greatest need: Hangleton and Knoll in the west of the city, and Whitehawk and Moulescoomb in the east. Again, you can negotiate where you teach. Public transport is available to all these locations.

When do I need to be available?

Details We will endeavour to take into account your preferences for when and where you Coach. Time, however, may be limited to when the venue is available.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?


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  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
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  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
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