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More reading groups for Knowsley

by Laura Johnston

Over the next two years, over 200 new ‘Shared Reading’ groups will be created meaning more than 2,000 people across the region, including Knowsley, will benefit.

What is Shared Reading?

Shared Reading brings small groups of people together to read aloud a story and poem, and engage in a group discussion, led by a trained ‘Reader Leader’. Shared Reading has been pioneered by The Reader organisation, a national charity based in Liverpool, to help communities improve their wellbeing, build confidence and connect with others.

The region will benefit from more Shared Reading groups thanks to The Reader’s new programme, Shared Reading North West. This has been funded thanks to an investment from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Nesta’s Second Half Fund

About The Reader organisation

As well as working in partnership with Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), The Reader works with other CCGs, Public Health Bodies and NHS Trusts to support thousands of people across the UK with a wide range of health and social issues. This includes various mental health conditions, chronic pain, isolation, and recovery from substance misuse.

With support from commissioning partners, delivery partners and volunteers, more Shared Reading groups will be established in different types of settings including libraries, community centres, health centres, hospitals, care homes and workplaces.

As well as bringing more reading groups to the region, Shared Reading North West will provide training and support for more than 800 volunteers.

To find a reading group near you, visit The Reader’s website.

Interested in volunteering with Shared Reading North West? The Reader is holding a workshop at The Ice Cream Parlour, Calderstones Park L18 3JB on 23 August 2017 from 10am to 12pm