The Management Team organises the training and the support for new and existing coaches. It looks after the finances so that there is enough money to cover expenses and to buy resources. It makes sure FRED works to legal guidelines for insurance and risk assessments. It writes policies to make sure FRED's coaches and learners get the best out of working with FRED.
Sheila contacts all prospective new learners, offering them a confidential interview and an informal assessment. She then matches the learner with a suitable coach and provides on-going support. She also sources and checks the venues used by FRED and is always on the look out for new resources to help coaches and learners. She reports back to the Management Team on a regular basis so that they stay in touch with how things are going and can deal with any problems or concerns. She writes and sends out a regular newsletter to coaches and is always available by telephone or email.
Sheila Priest Coach Coordinator
Roger Deeks Chair
Malcom Vine Contacts Coordinator
The Contacts Team led by Malcom Vine work throughout the Forest spreading the word
about FRED. People who experience difficulty reading and writing are often socially
isolated and embarrassed about seeking help and it can be a challenge reaching potential
learners. As well as distributing leaflets and posters to as many organisations
and businesses as possible, the team also attends events, meetings and places where
contact with potential learners can be made. Use is also made of radio, newspaper
and social media to communicate information about FRED.
Malcom also represents FRED at meetings with local employers, local government, other
education providers and non-statutory organisations.
Coaches Group Coordinator
Anne Holt coordinates the Coaches Group which was started at the end of 2019 and
plans to meet regularly to provide additional support for volunteers. These are informal
meetings providing an opportunity to get to know other coaches, share information,
support each other and discuss anything, e.g. topics for future training sessions
and ideas for encouraging more learners to come forward.
Thank you and hopefully see you next week.
This is an opportunity for reading coaches to bring up any issues or concerns in
an informal atmosphere over a cup of coffee and to bring forward any ideas they may
have for improving the sharing of information and to discuss ways of reaching new