Reading Coach

Readeasy (North Taunton)

Name: Reading Coach
Organisation: Readeasy (North Taunton)


As a volunteer reading coach you will receive an initial one-day training session. This will
introduce you to some of the issues faced by adults with reading problems, how to use the
reading manual and ways of reinforcing learning, how to establish an appropriate relationship
with your new reader and guidance on working one-to-one. After training, the scheme’s
Coordinator will keep your details listed until an appropriate volunteering opportunity arises.

Please be aware that this can sometimes take some time. Once you have been allocated a
new reader you will be given a list of approved venues and be able to choose together a
convenient place to meet, which you will then be responsible for booking. You will be asked to
keep the Coordinator informed of these arrangements, keep a record of your reader’s
progress and submit this regularly to the Coordinator.

After the first few weeks of meeting together, the Coordinator will visit to observe a reading
session and offer advice and support. You will also be invited to attend termly Coach
Meetings to share how you are getting on and receive further support.

"Yes we can read" is a phonics-based reading manual, designed to be used by volunteers and
is central to the way we work. The initial training session will give you a good introduction to
the book and how to use the phonics approach, but every page of the manual also provides
the reading coach with clear instructions. It is important to be clear from the outset that this is
our main tool, although we do encourage using other resources to support the programme. If
you feel that this approach is not for you, please do be honest and say so.

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Organisation Description

Read Easy UK is a charitable incorporated organisation (Registered Number 1151288), committed to those adults who are disadvantaged by being unable to read.

The purpose of the organisation is to advance the education of the public in the subject of adult literacy by recruiting, training, organising and supporting volunteers to coach to read those adult members of the public with reading difficulties. This last is conducted on a one-to-one basis, by applying the policies and procedures of Read Easy UK and thereby promoting, sustaining and increasing, for public benefit, individual and collective levels of adult literacy.


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Cause / Interests

  • Education
  • Literacy

Types of Activity

  • Coaching
  • Mentoring

Skills and Qualifications


Must live or work locally


The secret to success in learning to read is working one-to-one, little and often. We therefore
ask our reading coaches to commit to providing two separate, half hour coaching sessions a
week, whenever possible.

To make this viable we will attempt to provide venues that are local enough for both volunteer
and reader to spend as little time travelling as possible. Some new readers can complete the
course in as little as five months, others take as long as two years, and the average is probably
around nine months. It varies a great deal according to the individual reader, so please be aware
of this. The great advantage of one-to-one coaching is that people can work at their own pace
without feeling rushed.

Once you have been working with your reader for a while, we will ask you to attend a
‘Consolidation training’ day. This will provide you with ideas for how to use other resources,
techniques and activities to help your reader to consolidate his/her learning. Please note that
attendance at both training days is an essential requirement if you decide to volunteer as a
coach. The training is very interactive and volunteers generally find the sessions very
interesting and rewarding, but please be aware that they are quite long and intensive days.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: We always try to arrange reading sessions to keep travel to an absolute minimum. Coachesoften meet their readers very locally and may well be doing other activities in the area, and sowe find that we do not often have to cover volunteers’ travel expense
Other: NA

Recruitment Method