Can you help Oldham to Read Easy? Brand new literacy group seeks supporters 

Have you ever thought how difficult life might be if you couldn’t read confidently? 


For Donna, making dinner for her kids wasn’t just tough – it was dangerous.

Her eldest child has a peanut allergy and because Donna didn’t know how to read.

She was never sure that she was choosing ingredients that would keep her child safe.

Donna had always found it difficult at school and had little support to help make sure she was really learning, so she fell behind.

Years later, it was her children’s belief in her that finally spurred Donna to make a change.

The answer was Read Easy – a free, friendly, flexible approach to learning to read which uses a successful phonics-based learning scheme.

Founded in 2010 by Ginny Williams-Ellis, Read Easy gives people the opportunity to work in private and at their own pace to build reading skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Read Easy is now poised to expand into the North West, beginning in Oldham.

With their sights set on the borough, they are launching a search for two motivated volunteer ‘Pioneers’ with the enthusiasm and local connections to found a group for our town.

Read Easy’s Chief Executive, Ginny Williams-Ellis, said “Oldham has a fantastic spirit of partnership and proud legacy of volunteering.

“So, it was a natural choice for our first North West group, as well as being home to our North West Adviser.

With 26 groups now across the country, we know that Read Easy can be life changing for learners and volunteers; the potential Oldham Pioneer will gain satisfaction from knowing they will make the difference for local learners like Donna.”

Read Easy is enthusiastically supported by local partners from Oldham Lifelong Learning and Oldham Libraries.

Sam Thornley and Andrew Bailey from the Library Development Team believe the project builds on their commitment to accessible and free learning opportunities.

Sam said “Our libraries are welcoming, safe spaces where anyone can access information and help from friendly staff.

“Being collaborative by nature, Read Easy is a natural fit for us and we can’t wait for the group to get started.”

If you would be interested in finding out more about becoming a Volunteer Pioneer in Oldham or would like to know more about the project, call the North West Regional Adviser Vicky on 07931 138350 or email

You can find out more about the work of Read Easy3 here:

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