The Reader Organisation recently made an appearance at The Library Association of Ireland and CILIP Ireland’s Annual Joint Conference 2012, letting attendees know about how lives are being transformed through our shared reading projects in Belfast.
Dr Patricia Canning, Project Worker for Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland, presented a workshop on how Get Into Reading works for people across the country and specifically in Northern Ireland, where she currently runs a group in Hydebank Prison. As with our other projects in Criminal Justice settings, outcomes have been outstanding, with members reporting benefits such as:
- increased empathy
- personalisation and dignity
- better communication
- solidarity and a sense of community
- greater understanding and appreciation of their own ‘life stories’
Patricia’s presentation – Transforming Lives through Shared Reading – is available to download from The Library Association of Ireland’s website.