About Us

About Us

The Read Write Now program offers free one-on-one tutoring for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, maths, study or basic computer skills. The program is only available in Western Australia.

About Read Write Now

Read Write Now is a community-based volunteer organisation that offers free one-on-one tutoring for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, maths, study or basic computer skills. The program has been operating in Western Australia since 1977.

The program offers literacy help from trained volunteer tutors who teach according to individual circumstances and needs. Adult learners will meet with their tutor for about an hour and a half each week in a public venue or online. Approximately 650 students work with 500 trained volunteer tutors annually to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Literacy is a life skill that some adults in our community have missed out on due to interrupted schooling, sickness, leaving the education system at a young age or due to having a learning disability. Low literacy levels can restrict adults to low paying jobs and limit opportunities for training or promotion. Perpetuating cycles of low literacy in families can also occur, along with social exclusion as they try to hide this problem from others. 

For over 45 years, Read Write Now has brought literacy to Western Australians far and wide. It is not just the thousands of individuals who have sought help who benefit - it is their children, their employers, the local community, the WA economy and ultimately society as a whole. Higher levels of literacy build the social capital of communities, leading to greater participation and community resilience.

Currently the Program operates in 18 regions throughout the state, including the Perth metropolitan area and regional centres Albany, Geraldton, Bunbury, Collie, Esperance and Katanning. 

Read Write Now changes lives through literacy!



Who are the Students?

Over Read Write Now's extensive years of service, thousands of individuals have worked with volunteer tutors to achieve their personal and professional goals. These are just some examples:

Peter, who was approaching 60 years of age, was in fear of losing his job as his literacy problems prevented him from keeping up with workplace training. His tutor developed a learning program over a period of 2 years based initially on the forms, regulations and safety instructions in Peter's workplace. Peter was not only able to keep his job, he was given a promotion and no longer had to worry about his worst fear, “...to be left on the scrap heap".

Maria had lived in Western Australia for 30 years but never had the opportunity to learn to read and write in English. Breaking the mould of the traditional Italian grandmother, Maria now wanted more in life than cooking and fussing over her family. Maria wanted to learn to read and write to obtain her driver's licence, use a street directory and telephone book so she could do voluntary work in the community and later some part-time study. Working with her tutor on a learning program based on her needs, Maria was able to achieve her goals.

Brett, an apprentice plumber, was very competent on the job, but he struggled with reading and studying and his employer had given him the ultimatum to pass his TAFE exams. Brett sought the help of a Read Write Now tutor who developed a literacy program based on Brett's course materials.

Rebecca always thought she was stupid because she could not spell and was a very weak reader. Her family were almost all illiterate and she was determined not to let that happen with her own children. When her daughter started school Rebecca was too scared to write a sick note, fearing that teachers would laugh at her. Two years after she started working with a tutor she enrolled at College, which led to eventually doing her university entrance exams. She started at Curtin University and graduated with distinctions in most subjects. Rebecca now writes tenders for a building company - very successful tenders too! Her children are now adults working in well paid jobs and forever grateful that Rebecca asked for help all those years ago to improve not only her life, but theirs as well.