We are very lucky to have many fantastic volunteers who are dedicated to helping others learn to read and write. Our reading coaches are patient, reliable and discreet. All receive initial training and on-going support. Anyone who can read may apply to be a Volunteer Reading Coach. The free one-day training session is generally held on a Saturday and no prior teaching experience is necessary.  This is an opportunity for prospective coaches to get to know each other, to discuss some of the issues surrounding adult learning and to gain an overview of the Turning Pages book.  

Once the training is completed, there may sometimes be a delay before getting started as we try to pair coaches with a learner who lives not too far away.  We have a range of places across the Forest where learners and coaches can meet so that they can choose a venue which suits them both.

Two or three times a year coaches are invited to extension training sessions where they are able to share their successes, challenges and ideas in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Various activities are included to support their reading coach skills and they can catch up with FRED’s latest developments and projects.
Reading Coaches
If you are interested in volunteering with FRED then contact us for an application form.
Helping someone learn to read has been a very rewarding and worthwhile experience  for both of us
Helping someone learn to read has been a very rewarding and worthwhile experience  for both of us
I’ve enjoyed building a relationship with my learner and seeing them progress through the Turning Pages reading scheme
I’ve enjoyed building a relationship with my learner and seeing them progress through the Turning Pages reading scheme
One of the best things about my volunteering experience is the feeling that I have helped my learner with her self-confidence, not just her reading skills
One of the best things about my volunteering experience is the feeling that I have helped my learner with her self-confidence, not just her reading skills

What our reading coaches say about being a FRED volunteer

What our reading coaches say about being a FRED volunteer
Volunteering with FRED has been a very worthwhile experience and given me a chance to make a difference to someone’s life
Volunteering with FRED has been a very worthwhile experience and given me a chance to make a difference to someone’s life
Making a relationship with your learner is rewarding for you both
Making a relationship with your learner is rewarding for you both
I have gained great satisfaction from seeing my learner blossom
I have gained great satisfaction from seeing my learner blossom
It’s very satisfying when you get positive feedback from your learner and they say what a difference FRED has made to their lives
It’s very satisfying when you get positive feedback from your learner and they say what a difference FRED has made to their lives
If you are patient, have a sense of humour and enjoy helping others, then you will enjoy being a reading coach
If you are patient, have a sense of humour and enjoy helping others, then you will enjoy being a reading coach
I have found it very satisfying working out ways to encourage a learner to look at things in different ways.  I feel that I have benefited as much from the process as my learner
I have found it very satisfying working out ways to encourage a learner to look at things in different ways.  I feel that I have benefited as much from the process as my learner
Being able to read is a vital life skill, yet so many people still need help as adults
Being able to read is a vital life skill, yet so many people still need help as adults  
Its great watching a learner gain in confidence and feel able to take on new challenges  in their everyday lives
Its great watching a learner gain in confidence and feel able to take on new challenges  in their everyday lives
I have been very happy with my volunteering experience - I have an interested learner and a great venue
I have been very happy with my volunteering experience - I have an interested learner and a great venue

To see what our learners say about FRED,

please go to the Learners page and scroll down

To read some personal stories from our learners

please click here: Learners’ Personal Stories