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Published on 28th July 2016

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Volunteers needed for new reading project committee

A successful national scheme to get adults reading could come to Cheltenham for the first time. The project, called Read Easy, needs local volunteers to form a management committee to really get it off the ground.  Anyone who feels that they may be able to offer support is asked to get in touch by 5 August 2016.

Read Easy is a national organisation that works through locally-run volunteer groups to provide one-to-one reading tuition to adults who struggle with reading. By helping people to tackle their reading difficulties, it is hoped that they will also grow in confidence and self-esteem, become more independent, move on to other forms of education and improve their employment opportunities. The scheme also provides very rewarding volunteering opportunities for people who want to make a difference in their communities.

Abbey Sidery, Inspiring Families project officer for Cheltenham Borough Council and official Read Easy Pioneer for the Cheltenham area said:  ‘’Finding the right people to support the scheme is vital. We really need committee members who will be actively involved both in the setting up and the overall running of the project.  There will be plenty of guidance and free training for all of the volunteers coming on board.’’

The committee roles which need to be filled include treasurer, fundraiser, literacy specialist, venue organiser for coaching sessions and publicity officer. Enthusiasm, time and the right range of skills are required.

If you think you have skills and experience that you can offer to fulfil one of these or other roles on the committee and would like to get involved in this very rewarding scheme, please contact Abbey Sidery on or 01242 775172 by Wednesday 5 August.

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Cheltenham Read Easy group is affiliated to Read Easy UK, a registered charity, which provides all the structure and support to make the setting up and running of a group as straightforward and successful as possible. For more details about the organisation, please see the Read Easy website.

Read Easy in Cheltenham is being supported by the Inspiring Families Project. Inspiring Families is a partnership project supported by local Voluntary and statutory organisations.