Shared Reading is giving young boys in a California juvenile hall ‘a place to be together’

Kathy sent herself across the world last summer to take up The Reader’s Read to Lead training at our Liverpool HQ – perhaps just about the only thing you can’t get in California.

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The Reader Leader who’s packed her bags and taken Shared Reading to France

The Reader has trained people to Read to Lead all over the world and already has Shared Reading communities from Sweden to New Zealand.

We haven’t yet made the stride across the channel to our nearest neighbour – or we didn’t think we had – until we learned that one former London-based Reader Leader has packed up her handbook and taken the practice there herself.

Alice Colquhoun completed her Read to Lead training in October 2016 and ran two Shared Reading groups in London with a year in a centre for homeless people and a ten-week project reading scripts at the Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush.

She said: “It was really magical. It really made me feel part of London.”

But when her partner took a job in Grenoble, France, and while she was finishing her doctorate, she needed to make the move and leave her groups behind.

“I actually considered flying back each week just to carry on!” she laughs.

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First steps with First Page in the North West

Earlier this year we launched an exciting new project that would significantly improve the life chances of children living across the North West by building a culture of reading for pleasure that will empower them for life. Kara shares an update from First Page.

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Pain Relief through Shared Reading

A Californian study has suggested that a trip to an art gallery can provide pain relief. The Reader’s Kate McDonnell, who leads a Shared Reading group for people living with chronic pain, understands why.

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Funday Sundae at The Bluecoat for Liverpool Pride

This weekend Liverpool will be awash with colour as the annual Liverpool Pride celebrations bring the city to life and we’ll be joining the Sundae Funday at The Bluecoat.

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Reader Story: Deborah’s Internship with The Reader

A letter from Deborah, our recently departed Reading Resources Intern, who has shared her experiences with The Reader.

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Volunteer Week: I cannot imagine anything I would rather do on a Monday

Wrapping up our National Volunteers’ Week Reader Stories, Melanie shares her experiences on volunteering as Reader Leader:

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Volunteer Week: The floodgates opened, I became hugely passionate about reading

Matthew recently shared his experiences of volunteering at the Aesop Arts and Health Conference in London. This is his Reader Story: Continue reading “Volunteer Week: The floodgates opened, I became hugely passionate about reading”