Did you know?

“45% of BC adults struggle to navigate a website, fill out a form, read a rental agreement or follow instruction manuals because of low literacy skills.”

Or that,

“52% of BC adults find it hard to calculate medicine dosage, use information from graphs, or fill out a log book at work due to low numeracy skills.”

READ Surrey/White Rock is helping to change these shocking statistics. Each small step makes a difference to the lives of the people we assist. For many, learning to improve reading, writing, and math skills is life changing.

Happening Now


We Are Open

You can still phone us 778.242.7323 or email us with your literacy questions.

We are also taking new learners for our one-to-one adult  literacy tutoring program.


During the COVID-19 crisis, people need literacy skills more than ever. That’s why we’re raising funds to support our literacy programs and strengthen literacy skills in Surrey and White Rock.

Donations will be matched dollar for dollar - up to a total of $10,000 - thanks to Decoda Literacy Solutions, so you can double your impact by giving to this campaign.

Please give today by donating here.


COVID-19 and Literacy

People with low literacy may have a hard time getting accurate information. It is important to use trusted sources. It is helpful to use plain language and infographics. Here are some good places to get information.


Calendar of Events


January 16

Literacy Task Group Meeting

January 21

READ Board of Directors Meeting

March 31

READ Board of Directors Meeting

April 4

Partners Tutor Meeting

April 22

READ Board of Directors Meeting

May 11

Introduction to Family Literacy Training Part 1 - POSTPONED


May 21


Literacy Task Group Meeting

May 25

Introduction to Family Literacy Training Part 2 - POSTPONED

June 17

READ AGM / Partners Year End Party

*Dates may change. Please contact us to confirm.

Partners Program

Partners offers free, one-to-one tutoring for adult learners. We can help with your reading, writing, math or certificates (such as driver's license or FoodSafe).

Learners are matched with a trained volunteer tutor. The matched pair develops a learning plan based on the learner’s needs and interests.

Here is a handout and poster about the Partners Program. Please post or give to someone who needs help.

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia

If you or someone you know needs help, contact us

Volunteer with us

You Rock Cake for Tutors

Our Partners adult literacy program is free and offers one-to-one tutoring to adult learners.

This is what our tutors say about working with a learner …

I am extremely proud to be associated with him and he has been a joy to work with.”


This undertaking has been an amazing learning experience for me. …. We both come away from our weekly meetings having learned something new. This program is making a difference in both of our lives.”


Our Newsletter

READ publishes an e-newsletter called Causerie. This newsletter helps us share literacy news and information with our members and the public. We also highlight the great work our learners and volunteers do.

Our Supporters

We couldn't do our work without the help of our Sponsors, Supporters and Friends of READ

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