Could you help adults learn to read in Weymouth & Portland?

Could you help adults learn to read in Weymouth & Portland?

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 11:28am 6th December 2019.

An adult literacy group in Weymouth and Portland is looking for volunteers to help keep the service running.

It's a local branch of national not-for-profit organisation Read Easy - originally started in Dorchester in 2010.

Literacy tutor at Dorchester Prison, Ginny Williams-Ellis, who saw the benefits of a confidential one-to-one approach. Ginny says it become clear that there was an urgent need for a similar scheme in the wider community.

man reading with child

Read Easy co-ordinator Elaine Tofell says it's a big step for some people to admit they can't read, but that seeking help can be life-changing:

"Some people come to us because they want to be able to read to their children or grandchildren, some people want to be able to understand the letters that come through the door, or they might want a better job. Just recently we had someone able to pass their driving test theory, which they couldn't have done before they could read."

reading book

Volunteer roles Read Easy are looking for:

  • Volunteer co-ordinator (meeting and matching people with a coach)
  • Volunteer recruiter (finding and recruiting coaches)
  • Volunteer manager (team management skills; finding suitable locations)

If you're interested contact: or call 07935 213682