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Published on:21 JULY 2021

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Adults who struggle to read are invited to drop in to Festival Place on Saturday, July 24, to find out how they can get help.

A study by the Literacy Trust in 2011 showed there were over 2.4 million adults in the UK who struggle to read, and more than 7,000 of these live in Basingstoke.

Read Easy is the only charity in the UK which offers confidential, one to one coaching for adults who struggle to read.

Read Easy Basingstoke was set up in 2019. Coaches and readers who have been helped by the charity will be at Festival Place on Saturday to help spread the word about what is on offer.

Jane Ford, Team Leader at Read Easy Basingstoke, said: “Adults who can’t read are far more likely to be unemployed, suffer with mental health issues and be less likely to feel part of their community.

“Children growing up in a family where a parent can’t read will often also struggle with literacy, so it is vitally important to break that cycle.

“Our gentle, one to one approach allows adults to learn at their own pace, with the support of a dedicated reading coach, in privacy and at a time and a place to suit them – and it’s completely free!

“When an adult approaches us, they are matched with their own dedicated coach who will arrange their reading sessions to suit – ideally twice a week for half an hour each time.

“The pandemic has encouraged us to embrace remote teaching methods and – as well as face to face sessions - we are now able to offer online coaching to adults using their own technology or a tablet which we are able to loan to them for free.

“Reaching adults who can’t read is not easy and so we work hard to spread the word to friends, family and anyone who might know of someone who could benefit from our help.

“We are immensely grateful to Festival Place for letting us use the lovely Book Barn on Saturday, July 24 as a base for our awareness event.

“We will be on the upper floor from 10am to 4pm with information about what we do and how to get in touch.

“We will have our books on display, our coaches will be around to chat to, and some of our brave readers will come along to tell about their experience and what a difference learning to read is making to their lives.”

© Festival Place 2021