Read Easy Annual Conference 2019 'Extending the Reach of Read Easy'
This year we are pleased to be hosting our conference at Prince Henry’s School, Evesham, Worcs, WR11 4QH. This is a lovely venue that has more extensive facilities than we’ve had previously, full accessibility, good transport links and reasonably priced accommodation nearby. We hope you will like it!
Saturday 26th October 2019
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The morning programme at Conference 2019
Session One - Reader Stories
As well as hearing the news from Read Easy UK, our new venue allows us to respond to your feedback and include a greater level of input from our experienced volunteers, and of course our amazing Readers.

Last year, the highlight of the day was hearing from Steve Scovell, one of our many fabulous Readers. This year we are very excited to be inviting a number of the Readers attending to share their stories. (Please see separate note on the programme overview about being involved in this prior to speaking with any Readers).
Session Two: Morning Panel - 'Some great initiatives from our local groups'
Moving to the venue's theatre space after coffee, with a change to our usual format, a panel of Read Easy volunteers will share what they have been learning with us all. We want to demonstrate and celebrate innovation, and provide a starting point for discussions about similar positive initiatives in other groups.

Discussion time and pre-lunch drinks.
Following the panel session, there will be an opportunity for people to move informally into small groups to discuss the topics covered with the panel speakers, the Read Easy UK Team and one another. We hope this will generate other ideas for good practice.
Please take a guess about which discussion group you may want to join so that we can try to allocate an appropriate amount of space to each. However, do feel free to change your mind if you wish on the day.
Please then return to the main hall for lunch
Please let us treat you to a lovely lunch provided by our very reasonable local caterer whilst you are with us. (Last year feedback regarding some aspects of lunch was mixed in terms of its potential cost to Read Easy UK.) This is your day and we want you to feel appreciated and not to have to buy meals on your return journey or worry about cooking when you get home. Even the wine comes in at budget prices so please enjoy a glass - or two if you are not driving - you are worth it!
Do you have any dietary requirements?
Conference Workshops and Forums
1. Reaching the people you really want to reach This workshop will help you to develop your knowledge of the local networks, community groups and agencies who can help recruit new Readers. We will also consider some of the organisations that provide progression opportunities for graduating Readers. You will have the opportunity to look at some of the resources provided by Read Easy UK and be invited to share with one another your strategies for reaching new Readers, how you target the organisations and places where potential Readers can be reached, and how you develop productive relationships with local communities and neighbourhoods.

2. Communications and social media: how can they help you to achieve your vision? This workshop will explore the value of consistent, coherent communications in both traditional and ‘digital’ formats. We will look at various approaches to communications, including how to use templates effectively, who to target online using social media, and how to use communications materials to enhance your development and fundraising efforts. The workshop will include practical activities and examples to take away.

3. Reading Coach Workshop – ‘Turning a problem into an opportunity - Making the most of new vocabulary’ Coaches sometimes tell us that the unfamiliar words in the Turning Pages manuals and reading books can be off-putting for Readers. We hope that this workshop will help you to see those unfamiliar words as an opportunity to expand your Reader's vocabulary. During the workshop you will have the chance to share ideas about vocabulary-building activities that you have tried, and have the chance to make and try out a resource that works at any level in the TP scheme.

4. Pioneer & New Group Forum – ‘Putting down strong roots’ – The aim of the forum is for Pioneers and new group Team Leaders or representatives to explore what are the potential criteria for putting down strong roots when establishing a new group. How can a new group consolidate its strengths or develop into a strong group that has potential to ‘grow’?

5. Team Leader Forum – A chance to explore and realise the vision for your group and discuss new tools to support effective teamwork.

6. Coordinator Forum -A dedicated space for our valued Coordinators to come and discuss topics of your choosing in small groups.

7. Reader Forum &/or Poetry Workshop – The forum would provide a carefully structured, but relaxed opportunity for Readers to meet each other, discuss their own experiences of learning to read, and give us their thoughts about any ways in which we can improve the experience for people in future. Readers can attend on their own or bring their Coach. We also have some interesting ideas for a poetry workshop. If you think your Reader(s) may be interested in attending, please contact Ginny to discuss further.
Please indicate your first choice from the programme. We may need to make adjustments to the programme nearer the time in order to try to accommodate everyone's preferences but places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. *
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Please let us know if you have access needs that mean you would benefit from additional support at the conference, wheelchair access, extra time to get from place to place etc.
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