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OPP OF THE DAY: Coordinator (Volunteer role) – Read Easy

Read Easy provides free, confidential, one to-one reading coaching for adults who struggle with reading, through a network of volunteer groups. For more details about the organisation, please see the Read Easy website:

About the role:

The Coordinator is the first point of contact for those who want to learn to read. Using a simple assessment, the Coordinator will explain to a potential new ‘Reader’ how Read Easy may be able to help them.

The Coordinator pairs up new Coaches with those who want to learn to read – our ‘Readers’ – and provides ongoing support to these reading pairs. They visit their reading sessions occasionally and maintain support through regular calls with both Reader and Coach to check all is going well, calling on the group’s Literacy Specialist to respond to any literacy related difficulties a pair may be having.

Being a Read Easy Coordinator is very flexible and the time required for the role will vary on a weekly basis. (The actual amount of time required will be related to the number of reading pairs the Coordinator is responsible for monitoring.) The role provides lots of variety, is home-based and can work well around other commitments.


● Help interview new Coaches when recruited and shortlisted by the Volunteer Recruiter.
● Enrol and assess new Readers, using the resources provided.
● Match Readers with Coaches, make introductions, and help them organise their reading sessions which will take place in one of the venues provided by the Management Team.
● Visit your reading pairs to monitor progress and provide support if required, presenting certificates on occasion.
● Work collaboratively with any other Coordinators in the group.
● Contribute to Coach meetings (typically every 8 weeks) run jointly by the Management Team, Literacy Specialist and Coordinator, where volunteers discuss their experiences and receive further support.
● Keep records, provide the Management Team with written reports and submit expenses for payment regularly


● Strong personal literacy, so that you can confidently guide others and a willingness to become fully familiar with the principles of phonics and the contents and methods of the Turning Pages coaching manuals.
● Good communication and people skills, with a commitment to maintaining confidentiality. Self-awareness and the ability to maintain a professional approach.
● Strong organisational, time management and record keeping skills.
● Reasonable confidence in using IT.
● An open attitude that encourages two-way communication and willingness to ask for support from the Team Leader or Literacy Specialist when necessary.
● The ability to use initiative and to work well as part of a team.
● A strong commitment to improving the lives of the people Read Easy works with.
● A non-judgemental attitude and respect for others, with a commitment to equality and diversity, so that you can make everyone feel valued and included.
● A willingness to abide by Read Easy policies and procedures.
● Energy and enthusiasm with a minimum of 3 hours a week to commit to the role.


Alison Horton

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