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.

Upcoming Events

Apply now to be a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

The Partners Tutoring Program offers free one-to-one tutoring to adult learners. Volunteer tutors receive 15 hours of training (Oct 16 – Oct 30) and ongoing support.

Meet program staff and learn more at one of our Information Nights (poster here)

September 16, 2019,  Newton Library,  13795 70 Ave, Surrey

September 23, 2019, White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista, White Rock

Apply directly here!

Calendar of Events

16 April

READ Board of Directors Meeting

2 May

Intro to Family Literacy Workshop 1

7 May

Partners Tutor Meeting

9 May

Intro to Family Literacy Workshop 2

16 May

Literacy Task Group Meeting

27 May

READ Board of Directors  Strategic Meeting

11 June

READ AGM / Partners Year End Party


Volunteer Tutor Recruitment


Literacy is Life Month

8 September

International Literacy Day

September 16

Volunteer Information Night - Newton Public Library, 6:30 pm

September 23

Volunteer Information Night - White Rock Public Library, 6:30 pm

October 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

Tutor Training

17 Oct

Literacy Task Group Meeting



*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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