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Published on:12 AUGUST 2021

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A special awareness event at Festival Place drew in both new readers and volunteers as it spread the word about the help available to adults who struggle to read.

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Onnalee Cubitt, dropped into the Book Barn at Festival Place to find out more about the free service offered by Read Easy Basingstoke.

Read Easy is the only charity in the UK offering confidential, one to one coaching for adults who have difficulty reading, and coaches and readers who have been helped by the charity were at the Festival Place event helping to spread the word.

Jane Ford, Team Leader at Read Easy Basingstoke, said: “We were delighted that the Mayor came to see us and spent a considerable amount of time chatting with some of our readers, volunteer coaches and team members.

“Numerous visitors came to see us and found out how we can help adults who can’t read or who struggle with reading. We are so pleased to have had two new readers sign up with us, as well as a number of people asking about volunteering with us.

“Many thanks to all those who helped on the day or who came to visit us and special thanks to Festival Place for allowing us to use the Book Barn, to Starbucks for the complimentary drinks, and of course to the Mayor for taking the time out on a Saturday to spend with us.”

To find out more about Read Easy, call 07592 450789 or email

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