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Read Write Now

Northbridge, WA Mentoring & Advocacy

About Read Write Now

Read Write Now is a volunteer group that was set up in Western Australia in 1977. Volunteer tutors provide free one-to-one assistance to adults wanting to improve their reading, writing, spelling, maths and/or IT skill.
The Read Write Now program exists to improve the literacy of adults who have left the school system and have inadequate literacy for everyday life demands.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey (2006) showed that 46.8% of the adult population have this problem. This can limit them to low paying jobs, limited opportunities for training or promotion, perpetuating cycles of low literacy in families and often social exclusion as they try to hide the problem from others. The fear of having their illiteracy discovered is almost crippling for some adults.

Typically they are reluctant to cross the threshold into a formal education institution again as they associate their sense of failure with the school system. This is where Read Write Now provides a softer option. Volunteer tutors work one-on-one in an informal setting, such as a private space in a local library, community centre or coffee shop. The hour and a half session is spent on individual learning programs developed jointly by the tutor and student to meet the goals of the adult student. Tutors rebuild the confidence of the student in their ability to learn and overcome the shame they often carry.


Locked Bag 6
Northbridge WA 6865

Local VRC: Rockingham Volunteer Centre