Libby and Nick with Molly Barker
in Stanmer Park, Sussex
Libby Coleman – with Nick Ainley the editor and Marcus Tate the same-shape alphabet producer - is the co-creator of Yes we can read and of our Teach a friend to read guide.
Libby Coleman is a retired high school principal, prison literacy teacher and special needs lecturer.
Aged 6 she taught her older sister who is dyslexic to read.
Combating illiteracy through paired reading teaching has been her life-long passion ever since.
Nick Ainley is a retired Mencap chair and manager of homes for adults with learning disabilities.
By breaking tasks into their smallest components he taught one of his clients who was paralysed down one side to tie his shoelaces with one hand !
Small steps is a key feature of the reading programme.
Promoting women's education with reading as the essential first step is his abiding passion.
With the Teach a friend to read guide
end illiteracy in your prisons and community!
Russ Haynes - Media Director for our Teach a friend to read guide, and himself a prison leaver first met Libby when they were both delegates at the Coates Review Into Prison Education. They hit it off through their mutual passion for helping prison inmates and leavers to believe in themselves.
Russ sits on the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance committee.
Wayne Curtis - Promotions Manager. In and out of prisons and YOI's since the age of 16, Wayne is a recent prison leaver, who has turned his life around in the most remarkable way. He inspires us all with his determination.
He too is dyslexic and learned to read inside, and then went on to teach a man with learning difficulties to read. Wayne's second new reader joined Narcotics Anonymous as soon as he had completed the reading adventure with Wayne and was finally able to read the Twelve Steps.
Wayne's passion to end illiteracy in prisons and his knowledge of the system is invaluable in helping us to ensure that no-one will leave prison unable to read, and that prisoners will lead the way in helping to end illiteracy with our Teach a friend to read guide.
He is helping to end illiteracy in Gosport, as an example of how communties can spreading the gift of reading and writing with
Teach a friend to read.
Marcus Tate is a photography graduate who works in the industry.
With Libby, Nick and the campaign champions and friends he aims to change attitudes towards dyslexia: reminding people that geniuses like Einstein, Picasso, Beethoven and Hans Christian Anderson were dyslexic, and above all showing the world that people of any age with dyslexia can learn to read and then gain the confidence to grow and shine. Many go on to teach others to read.
Marcus with fellow word wobbler
Hans Christian Anderson
in Central Park New York
Simon Ainley – Musician and Creative Director at Pinpoint Video.
He produced videos and the jingle for us and is helping to
create our same-shape pix app.
Simon with some of the guides he donated to charities for prison leavers and the homeless in his community.
We thank all our champions and friends,
who have generously fund-raised and donated
so that our guide could be given out for free
in libraries, prisons, traveller camps, schools,
youth organisations, food banks, hostels...
We thank all our champions and friends
who have prayed for our success.
And we give a special thanks to Max Fillery, a Sussex University masters graduate in Documentary Filmmaking.
He recently helped in the creation of our video appeal
to Prince Harry and Meghan's Archewell Foundation
to become our publishers and promoters.