Shared Reading Showcases: Southwark and Lambeth

The Reader Organisation’s Showcase Events, Tuesday 26th November 2013
Shared Reading with Older People 10.30-12.30pm
Shared Reading with Young People 2.30-4.30pm
Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9NH

The Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the Maudsley Charity have provided funding for The Reader Organisation to bring our pioneering shared reading project to dementiaSouthwark and Lambeth, improving wellbeing, building communities and extending reading pleasure for people of all ages, backgrounds and life situations.

We run shared over 350 weekly shared reading groups in care homes, schools, prisons, hospitals, libraries and community centres across the UK. Already working closely with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and local library services, we are expanding our activity in this area to include organisations who work with older people and those who work with young people.

Shared Reading with Older People

“I’ve got something to look forward to now, for the first time in years.”
Shared reading group member, Jewish Care, London

For older people and those living with dementia, shared reading groups improve quality of life through cognitive stimulation, social interaction and meaningful engagement each week.  Evaluation of our existing groups demonstrates the positive impact:

  • 87% of readers reported greater concentration
  • 86% of readers were less agitated

Shared Reading with Young People

“I wish I could do this every day!”
Jake, 11

Our work with young people focuses entirely on reading for pleasure, one of the most important factors determining a child’s social mobility and future life chances. We make reading enjoyable and build self-esteem, which in turn improves literacy and attainment levels. In a recent evaluation of our projects with young people:

  • 89% of felt more confident discussing their ideas and opinions
  • 93% enjoyed school more on the days they had shared reading sessions

Find out more

Find out more about how you and your organisation could work with The Reader Organisation in Southwark and Lambeth at our free showcase events at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesday 26th November:

  • Shared Reading with Older People, 10.30-12.30pm
  • Shared Reading with Young People. 2.30-4.30pm

To register for these events, please email Beth Pochin, bethpochin@thereader.org.uk or call 0151 207 7228.

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