Some of the projects which have received donated Teach a friend to read copies

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With the Teach a friend to read guide

end illiteracy in your prisons and community!


John Helleur MBE

John formed the Let's Talk Reading charity following several years as a governor at a struggling secondary school in Ipswich Town.

He was frustrated by the very large number of students arriving at the school, aged 11, who were unable to read adequately enough to enable them to succeed in tests and exams.

Copies of Teach a friend to read are given out for free through the Ipswich libraries to anyone of any age who can read, to teach their mum, their dad, their bro' or anyone they know.

John is is passionate about helping to end illiteracy for people of all ages. He understands the need for trust between coaches and their learners and respects the need for confidentiality for many New Readers.

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Robert Frier MA and fellow word wobbler

Rob has an inspiring career working with rough sleepers and the homeless in London. As a manager of the Passage hostel for the homeless in Victoria, Rob distributed copies of our first teaching reading scheme, Yes we can read to the homeless. He was funded by  Westminster Council.

One former prisoner taught 9 people to read in a year in the Salvation Army hostel.

As Head of Ops at the 999 Club for rough sleepers in Deptford,London, Rob distributes our updated, revised teaching-reading guide, Teach a friend to read to people who can read,

via hostels and food banks and anywhere he can think of to help end illiteracy amongst the poorest in society.

We CAN Read in Gosport and Fareham Towns. This community action group aims to wipe out illiteracy in their community. They fund raise to give our guide out for free to people who teach their friends and relatives to read and write.

We are hoping that other extraordinary, inspiring groups will follow suit in their communities.

St Mungos, Groundswell and Thamesreach organisations for the Homeless

have received guide from Westminster Council.

The residents who can read are teaching others to read and write.

Peterborough Soup Kitchen is a local charity for homeless and disadvantaged people in the city.

The aim is to ensure that they get some hot soup, food and drinks, throughout the year, whatever the weather conditions.

St Cuthman's Church, Brighton, Sussex.

Since the vicar discovered that the poor attendance in his church in an area of great need is due in part to the fact that so many people in his community can't read hymn books or the service sheets – he distributes our Teach a friend to read guide to readers throughout his area.

Past Projects

In memory of  Andy Paradise

Andy was a Royal Air Force veteran of the Northern Ireland conflict, a former prisoner, dog-trainer, and the compassionate founder of Read and Grow, using first Yes we can read and then our revised, updated version Teach a friend to read to help to end illiteracy in his home town. He inspired hundreds of non-readers to overcome their fear and to become confident readers,

and he inspired local volunteers to give the gift of reading to transform lives.


Teach a friend to read is used with young goatherd learners, who can't go to school  because they need to support their families.

Sentebale supports orphans and vulnerable children, many of whom are affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Through education, psychosocial support, and care Sentebale gives them the tools they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

Light of Hope is a home and school that provides Refuge, Restoration and Redirection for the lost and homeless girls of Kenya in a loving Christian environment.

“We are delighted to partner with the Teach a friend to read campaign to deliver one to one Reading Programmes to the rural communities in the Kajiado County, Kenya. 

The one to one Reading Programmes will make a real difference to the lives of Kenyans and will empower them to better their own and their communities lives"


Chris Orman, Founder and Trustee of The Bouncing Ball Trust


The Bouncing Ball Trust provides Compassionate and Feeding Programmes for poor children in Kenya, enabling them to receive a primary education that would otherwise be denied to them. These children often come from families who are struggling to feed and clothe them never mind sending them to school.

Hope and Service to Mankind Foundation bring together literate and non-literate, towns, villages, people in common respect for each other and for manual work to promote and encourage the development of the spirit of voluntarism among the youth and people of all communities by organising workcamps towards physical projects, literacy work, and establishing demonstrational camps and farms, Leadership training, camping activities and International Cultural Exchange Programmes

One-time street children, educated by Amazing Children Uganda, have returned to teach street children to read, using our Teach a friend to read.

Amazing Children Uganda gives street children in Uganda the chance to lift themselves out of poverty by providing opportunities for education.

Reaching the Unreached

Of Village India

Reaching the Unreached is a far-reaching, grassroots organisation working in rural villages in South India to help the poorest and most marginalised people, particularly children and women.

 Teach a friend to read was originally produced in response to the Ebola crisis, when schools and public places in Sierra Leone were closed. Children as young as 11 taught others who had lost their families, using Teach a friend to read,  

 originally called “Each one teach one to read”

EducAid runs an educational network comprising of free schools, teacher training, and tertiary programmes in Sierra Leone. Educaid provides distinctive, personalised,

top-quality, holistic education  and support to vulnerable young Sierra Leoneans.    

Guides sent abroad produced many moving stories. However we have come to realise that people born in Commonwealth countries need to learn to read in their mother tongue, indigenous  languages first.

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