Read Easy was founded in 2010 by Ginny Williams-Ellis. As a literacy tutor at Dorchester Prison, Ginny was responsible for running the Shannon Trust’s prisoner-to-prisoner reading programme. Through this she saw how a confidential, one-to-one approach could encourage people to come forward for support and successfully learn to read. Ginny also became aware of the number of adults who struggle with even the most basic level of reading, not just in prisons, but across the population at large.
Read Easy has grown considerably and we are set to have 80 volunteer-led groups across England by September 2022. We are working hard with our dedicated Pioneers to open many more local groups in all parts of England, and in due course across the rest of the UK, in the months and years ahead.