A CHARITY set up to help adults who struggle to read is appealing for volunteers to help boost its activity in Oldham.

Led by its Oldham-based chairperson Vicky Richardson, Read Easy is developing to new group to support adults in the town who want help with their reading.

"We know that at least seven per cent of our local adult residents have difficulty reading their prescriptions and couldn't read The Oldham Times easily," said Vicky.

"We are really struggling to find the last few volunteers we need to help us.

"We’re currently looking for a further six people who support the development of a new group as part of our friendly management team, having already got a few people interested in volunteering.

"The management team will get the ball rolling for the group, ensuring that we are able to offer free, local, and confidential reading coaching to any adult who would like to improve their reading.

"There are a range of interesting and worthwhile roles available including team leader, networkers, supporting checks on venues, recruiting volunteers and helping with publicity, fundraiser, secretary and treasurer."

Anyone interested should contact Vicky by email at vicky@readeasy.org.uk

Read Easy UK currently supports 27 affiliated groups across the country, largely based in the South West and central England.

In the last year, groups have been pioneered in Hackney, and in the year ahead groups will be established in south Birmingham and Coventry. In the year ahead, the charity has ambitious plans to establish 13 additional groups, with a focus in the North West and London where there is a strong need for one-to-one adult reading coaching.