From today you might find Jane Austen in your wallet but do you know how far she could take Shared Reading?
“It is not what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
Today, The Bank of England release the new ten pound note featuring Jane Austen into circulation. A tenner can go a long way, for example:
£10 makes it possible for two volunteers to bring Shared Reading into the community each week. Shared Reading improves health and well-being, reduces social isolation and builds stronger communities.
But to make that possible our volunteers have travel to and from the library, community centre, care home or inpatient ward where the group takes place. They might have to photocopy reading materials and often, buy biscuits for group members to enjoy with a hot drink. These little costs add up.
We’re asking you to donate your #FirstTenner to help support The Reader’s Shared Reading activities.
So next time you’re withdrawing cash or waiting for your change keep your eyes peeled for Jane Austen and consider how far that ten pound could take Shared Reading.
You can give your #FirstTenner in person at our headquarters at Calderstones Park or by making an online donation via Virgin Money Giving.
(Want to make your #FirstTenner go further? Don’t forget to add gift aid, and why not ask your employer to match your donation?)