Since 2007, The Reader Organisation has had a Reader-in-Residence scheme (based on the Get Into Reading model) at Mersey Care NHS Trust, and it continues to grow from strength to strength. In an article written for Positive Practice in Mental Health, Lindsey Dyer, Director for Service Users and Carers at the Trust, explains the success of the project and members of the senior management team are taking time out of their busy schedules to run a weekly read aloud reading group for service users:
Unlike the mainstream of specialist mental health services, Get Into Reading is not concerned with ameliorating or treating mental health conditions or in building peoples’ coping capacity. It has a very different starting point – the shared human experience.
What Get Into Reading does is create inclusive, safe places where people can come together as equals and, through great books, share creative and critical thinking about life itself in all its manifestations including experience of mental distress.
If you’d like to know more about the Reader-in-Residence scheme, please contact Mary Weston: firstname.lastname@example.org/0151 794 2830.