This week’s meeting of our weekly Feel Better With A Book group in Totnes Library, Devon will be a particularly special one as Dr Sarah Wollaston MP is visiting to find out more about the pioneering scheme in the South West andshare some reading as well as discuss the Government’s new Care Bill.
Earlier this year, Devon County Council invested a further £100,000 in Get Into Reading in the area, joining forces with The Reader Organisation to expand the successful year-long pilot programme and create Reading Together in Devon – a county-wide network five of Library Memory Groups for those with memory loss conditions and their carers, and seven Feel Better with A Book groups for those wanting to lift their mood and engage with others for enjoyment and general support.
Each week, Feel Better With A Book groups are providing a positive experience to members with a variety of different needs, including carers and ex-carers, people with anxiety/depression and in mental health recovery, people bereaved and socially isolated amongst others. The benefits of connecting with great literature and other people are having a great effect:
‘I feel uplifted after coming here, not tired anymore’
‘I was so elated when I went home last week, that I got out of my wheelchair and stepped around the room’
The Totnes Feel Better With A Book group is every Friday in the School Room of Totnes Library, 2-3.30pm. Tomorrow’s session (Friday 23rd August) will include an informal open meeting with Dr Sarah Wollaston MP at 3-3.45pm where anyone who has mental or physical vulnerabilities, or cares for someone who does, will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the government’s new Care Bill.