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
Malcom Vine Contacts Coordinator
Roger Deeks Chair
The Contacts Team led by Malcom Vine work throughout the Forest spreading the word
about FRED. People who experience difficulty reading 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.