The Reader at Home – Free Weekly Activities


Reader Leader: “It has revealed poetry/reading out loud as an incredible coping strategy – for my own wellbeing and others in many situations in the community.”

Shared Reading inspires and supports people to read, aloud, together. It connects people to great literature and each other through live experiences that make literature accessible to all – regardless of background, age or ability.

In a Shared Reading session, a small group or pair of people come together on a weekly basis to explore a great novel, story or poem, read aloud. The trained Reader Leader facilitates relaxed and informal discussion that offers group members time and space to connect with the literature in a live and personal way, sharing experiences, thoughts and ideas, or simply listening.

Group members begin to connect with themselves and each other in meaningful ways, personal confidence and wellbeing improves, and a positive relationship with books and reading flourishes. Impact stems from the model itself, which is: 

*Weekly – Offering regular, much needed structure in sometimes lonely lives

*Group based and interactive – Bringing people together and facilitating meaningful, face to face communication

*Inclusive – Texts are read aloud, and no prior reading is required. Groups are suitable for all levels of experience or confidence in reading

*Stimulating – Working through quality literature together in a fun and engaging way offers a powerful language which helps us to better connect to our experiences, ourselves and each other

They are aware that not everyone can join online activities, so while we can’t meet face to face, their staff and volunteers are offering a weekly phone call or they can provide weekly activity packs to those needing comfort and connection. 

See flyer below for details:


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