Share Austen for Shared Reading – Donate your #FirstTenner

From today you might find Jane Austen in your wallet but do you know how far she could take Shared Reading?

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Celebrating Heritage Open Days at The Reader’s Courtyard Fair!

Heritage tours, Shared Reading sessions, poetry readings, market stalls, book giveaways, Storybarn sessions, bouncy castle, facepainting and all the seasons in one day at The Reader’s Courtyard Fair!

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Thrills & Quills coming to a library near you!

An exciting modern twist on Jane Austen’s letters, theatre company LipService bring the author into the digital world with a touring show coming to a North West library near you!

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Calder Stones – history and future collide at Heritage Open Days

Take a guided tour of Calderstones Park and view the architects’ impressions of the refurbished The Mansion House at The Reader’s Courtyard Fair this Saturday, September 9. 

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Reading for Life: Masters Studies in Liverpool and London

Discover the Reading for Life MSc programme of study which is now open for new applications in Liverpool and London. 

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Yours Magazine: The woman leading a quiet reading revolution

“Reading changed my life. It gives you a bit of space; it’s an escape into a place where you can imagine yourself different.”

The Reader’s founder and director Jane Davis speaks to Carole Richardson for Yours Magazine Wonder Women series.

Published Tuesday 18 July. Read the full interview here.

The Reader’s Charity Auction for a visit to The Royal Gardens at Highgrove

We’re delighted to announce an exciting opportunity to bid for a visit to The Royal Gardens at Highgrove with supper, an overnight stay AND raise money for The Reader in the process!

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The Big Give Christmas Challenge – Helping Isolated Older People

Bring Shared Reading to a new community

Last December, The Reader launched a three-day fundraising campaign as part of The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge. Supported by The Pilgrim Trust and the Postcode Support Trust, The Reader raised over £50,000 and was named Best UK Charity in the Christmas Challenge Awards. Donations from our wonderful supporters and partners have already allowed us to train 15 new volunteer Reader Leaders and provided increased support and ongoing training for over 50 existing volunteers currently reading with older people at risk of social isolation.

With the remaining funds, we plan to create a new Shared Reading community in an area where they we do not currently work. Under this new community-led project, we will train 12 additional Reader Leaders and provide a bespoke programme of learning and support worth over £10,000.

You helped us raise the money, now help us spread the word!

We are inviting applications from across the country, for a new training programme which aims to reduce social isolation and improve the mental health and well-being of older people. Fully-funded for two years, applications are welcome from community groups, individuals and small organisations who wish to bring our unique Shared Reading model to their community, creating something real and meaningful for isolated older residents.

Shared Reading improves well-being, reduces social isolation and builds stronger communities, as one 95-year-old lady who read one-to-one with a Reader Volunteer in Wirral said:

“It really brightens my day, because I don’t see anybody some days, so when the Reader Volunteer comes on a Tuesday morning, it brightens my week. We do something different, the poems and the stories we read are different each time and we have such a good discussion about them. It’s a one-to-one discussion – why we enjoyed it, what we think it’s all about, you really get to the bottom of it. It gives me something to think about, something extra to think about and I really, truly enjoy it.” 

This is an exciting opportunity for passionate and motivated people to become part of a collaborative movement and build a long-term, sustainable Shared Reading community dedicated to supporting older people. All applicants must be able to self-fund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by attending the Read to Lead training course which will take place from Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 August. The location of the course will be determined by the strength and spread of successful applications.


How to apply:

All applicants must be able to commit to:

  • Attending ALL course dates in August (Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31)
  • A two-year programme of involvement
  • Providing regular communications and reports to The Reader, including evaluation and monitoring of activities and case studies
  • Self-funding any travel or accommodation costs incurred
Get in touch and be part of the story, find out more and apply:
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The Reader to present at 2017 ISPS International Psychosis Conference

The Reader to bring Shared Reading to delegates at The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis with conference appearance and newly announced Read to Lead course dates.

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Reading Groups, Communities & Libraries – An exploratory study

Published last month, the study explores the important role reading groups, such as Shared Reading, play in library and community services.

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