£500 from the Co-operative Society financed a pilot. The first two learners and volunteer Reading Coaches made quick progress and highlighted the benefits of short regular one-to-one learning sessions for the learner and the Reading Coach.
Inspired by our first learner we trained our first group of Reading Coaches in Cinderford in November 2010 and had no difficulty in finding new learners for them to work with. A large Lottery grant in March 2011 enabled FRED to recruit more coaches and further training sessions were run in Cinderford, Lydney and Coleford. To date we have trained over 100 coaches and helped about 80 people in the Forest improve their basic literacy skills.
Click on the link below to read about the experiences of some of our learners and how FRED has helped them. Our Learners
FRED was started in April 2010 by Julie Carthy, a teacher and adult dyslexia specialist, who lives near Cinderford.
Many adults are reluctant to admit to their literacy difficulties and ask for help, One of the most important aspects of supporting adults with low literacy levels is to increase their self-esteem and persuade them of the benefits of improving their reading and writing. Julie’s vision was for good quality support that had to be one-to-one, fit in with learners' lives and be easy to access.
In order to make the learning free, flexible and one-to-one Julie decided to find local people who could read and who were willing and able to help others and to train them to become reading coaches.