Adult Reading Scheme

At Inspire we provide a free 1-to-1 adult reading scheme, which can help readers with the basics and beyond.

If you are interested in joining the reading scheme, please fill out this form so that we can call you back, or speak to a member of staff at your local library.

1 in 6 adults* in England never learnt to read when they were younger. 

There may be many reasons for this, but the good news is that it’s never too late to learn and there are people who can help. By learning to read adults improve their employment opportunities, confidence and self-esteem and general well-being. Many adults are also motivated by wanting to be able to read with their children or grandchildren and we’re here to help develop these skills.

How it works

We will match a local adult who wishes to improve their reading to a volunteer coach and arrange for them to meet each week in one of our libraries to work through a reading manual designed for adults. We will start with the basics and then as their confidence grows they will be given more support to access some of the beginner reading books we have in our libraries.

Who is it for?

This scheme is suitable for any adult who wants to learn to read English. Whatever a person’s starting point we will go back to basics and work at their own pace.

This scheme is not intended for adults learning English as a second language, we would instead recommend that one of our Inspire Adult Learning ESOL courses would be more appropriate.

Where do we meet?

Readers and coaches will meet in one of our Inspire libraries. Currently we offer this scheme at

A weekly hour long, 1:1 session will take place in a quiet corner of the library. Readers will not be over-looked but there will be other people around.

If there are any additional requirements, we will discuss this with both the reader and the coach before the first session.

How long will it take?

Reading sessions will take place for an hour each week at a time that suits the coach and reader.

We will initially set up the sessions for 10 weeks and then review this. Some people may complete the course in as little as nine months for others it may take longer.

Can I volunteer to help?

If you are a fluent reader and would like to volunteer to become a reading coach, please get in touch. After an initial discussion you will then be given training and matched with a reader in your local area. You can find out more on the Community Makers website.