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Read Write Now

Volunteer tutors helping adults to read

We offer free 1 to 1 help for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, maths, study or basic computer skills.

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. Help is available to improve reading, writing, maths, study or basic computer skills.

Get help

Just call.

We will put you in contact with a local Coordinator. After catching up for a chat to see how we can help, you can be matched up with a tutor. You will work with your tutor for about an hour and a half each week.

The sessions are private, friendly and free.

If you are keen to become an adult learner, know someone who would like to become an adult learner, or would just like more information, call us today.

The Read Write Now program is for adults aged 18 years and over. Priority is given to people who fell through the cracks in the school system and have inadequate literacy. Adults from overseas need to be permanent residents of Australia with reasonable spoken English.

How does it work?

Your Read Write Now tutor will work closely with you on your goals and interests to ensure you get the most out of your sessions.

What you work on is largely up to you. Many students have a goal relating to a job or to a course they are studying and they bring paperwork from their job or their course notes to sessions. The tutor plans a lesson using these materials to help build reading and writing skills. It is a faster track to success.

At the end of the session you will be given some work to take with you so you can practise during the week.

Each session is approximately an hour and a half.

Read Write Now is not a course, there are no set textbooks and no exams.

Help others

Are you interested in sharing your love of reading and writing? Do you have skills or knowledge that could help others?

There is great satisfaction in helping someone to keep their job, or obtain work when the literacy barrier once seemed impossible. Many students in colleges do well with the hands-on course component but their literacy prevents them from succeeding. Tutors take pride in supporting 'their' student to move into rewarding work and turn their life around. Of course this has the flow-on effect of reading to children, helping with schoolwork and giving the next generation greater opportunities.

Read Write Now is looking for volunteers to support adult learners who want to improve their reading, writing, basic numeracy and/or IT skills. Our students come from all walks of life and thus we need tutors from all walks of life. No prior teaching experience is needed as our training will guide you. Your relationship with your student is what matters most so we look for tutors who are good communicators, non-judgmental, not 'set in their ways', have good literacy skills to share and are willing to work in a two-way learning partnership.

Due to the majority of our students being over 25 years of age, we prefer tutors who are 22 and older. Feedback from students tells us that having a tutor older than them with some life experience assists them to look beyond short-term goals and see wider opportunities in their own lives.

Training program

All Read Write Now tutors participate in a stimulating and enjoyable training program and receive ongoing training and support from the Program.

Please note this is a Western Australian program.


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Other ways to support us

As a supporter of Read Write Now you may choose to become a volunteer tutor or offer your skills in another role.

Below are some examples of 'occasional' volunteering opportunities

  • Illustration (for adult reading books)
  • Marketing (creative ideas to promote the awareness of Read Write Now and adult literacy)
  • Workshop presentation (ongoing Professional Development is offered to all tutors)
  • Submission writing for awards
  • Film and photography
  • Specifically computer literacy
  • Specifically maths and numeracy
  • General IT support
  • Donate to the Community Adult Literacy Foundation. Funds raised by CALF directly support the purchase of resources and equipment used by our tutors and students.

Contact us

Postal Address

Read Write Now
c/o North Metropolitan TAFE
Locked Bag 6
Northbridge WA 6865

Facebook Read-Write-Now-342235222611761 (please Like us on Facebook to show your support for Read Write Now)
Web (please visit our website to find more details and news, including locations, student and tutor stories, application forms, training, responsibilities and resources)


Read Write Now is funded by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Training and Workforce Development.