After spending 20 years successfully helping children and adults to read and write, using simple and effective methods, Michelle Paul noticed not only how many people have a problem with reading and writing, but also how easy and straightforward it can be to remedy. In 2006 with the support of a generous corporate donation Michelle was able to open The Exchange and set up the Turn Around project, offering, free, one-to-one tuition in reading, writing and basic maths. The service is available to anyone in the local area who needs it and in the last 6 years has helped hundreds of students of all ages gain confidence and competency in numeracy and literacy.

volunteers and training

Turn Around operates an open door policy at The Exchange, which is currently open 2 days a week on a Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-5pm. In addition Turn Around runs regular morning sessions numeracy, literacy and English language morning sessions at the Cotmandene Centre in St Paul’s Cray on Mondays, at the Mottingham Community Learning Shop on Fridays, at the 999 Club in Downham on Saturdays and also afternoon sessions at Anerley library on Fridays.

We are also extending our creative writing workshop programme for children in the school holidays and have plans to introduce regular story-telling sessions and maths & science based games days.
Please see our Adult Learning Support or Children and Families sections for more information.

The project is volunteer based and over the years has developed into a committed team of experienced tutors in all areas. Our volunteers are trained and supported in using proven and effective teaching methods. All our students are individually assessed and supported to progress. Turn Around welcomes enquiries from people interested in volunteering for the project. Please see our Volunteer page for more information about applying.