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Read Easy Portsmouth supports Portsmouth Aspirations Week

Posted: Jan 16, 2022 4:02 PM

Read Easy Portsmouth supports Portsmouth Aspirations Week

Read Easy Portsmouth, a charity offering free one-on-one reading sessions for adults who have difficulty reading, hosts Portsmouth Aspirations Week. From 17-21 January, part of the aim of Portsmouth City Council Aspirations Week is for adults to learn new skills, gain qualifications, progress in their careers or return to work after a period of absence – all things that Read Easy Portsmouth can help. The week is also an opportunity for those aspiring to volunteer and Read Easy Portsmouth is actively seeking more supporters, particularly to be trained as reading coaches.

It is estimated that 2.4 million adults in England are unable or barely able to read. This can be due to various reasons, but often people are embarrassed by it and know how to hide it very well. Read Easy Portsmouth’s free service is confidential and non-judgmental. Readers work one-on-one with a trained volunteer reading coach who takes things at the reader’s pace.

The inability to read not only limits career opportunities but also puts the person at risk, including the inability to understand street signs and read household bills or medical information. Plus, with so many services now online, not being able to read makes it harder to book appointments or access information. Adults who struggle to read are much more likely to experience long-term unemployment.

Louise Bullivant, team leader for Read Easy Portsmouth, said; “It’s great that there is a week dedicated to helping Portsmouth residents learn new skills and think about what they want their future to look like. We would be happy to offer our support to all adults who cannot read or who have difficulties with their reading. We know it can be daunting to take that first step, but our service is free, confidential, and our coaches are patient and supportive.

One of our readers told us that we help him achieve his dreams and goals in life and that we want to do the same for others. We would also love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering with us or raising funds for us. You can find more information by visiting the Portsmouth group page on or find us on Facebook @ReadEasyPortsmouth.

Portsmouth Aspirations Week is an initiative of Portsmouth City Council and is one of the ways in which they support the vision for the City of Portsmouth and part of their commitment to lifelong learning.

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