A project being aimed at older people in the community who might be lonely or isolated, is hoping to find more people to become ‘Reading Friends’.
People can volunteer to read, or be read to, on a weekly basis and volunteers receive a three-day training course as part of the scheme.
Taster sessions are being organised across Chester, including one at Storyhouse as part of The Great Get Together, so that people can find out more about the volunteering opportunity.
National charity The Reader and local over-50s support network Brightlife are seeking 12 volunteers in Cheshire to join their new Reading Friends scheme.
The organisations say that shared reading can be a powerful experience which sparks connection, reflection and discovery.
It has been shown to have positive improvements on mood, concentration and social interaction, including for people living with dementia.
The people being read with may be living in their own home, or in a care home, hospice or sheltered housing.
In certain situations, the sessions may go ahead with a family member or friend too.
To find out more…
Meet The Reader at The Great Get Together happening at Storyhouse from Thursday 20th June until Saturday 22nd June.
Drop in on Friday 21st June at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm to try shared reading. Find out more here.
If you’d like to know more about training as a one-to-one Reading Friend, please email [email protected].
If you or someone you know would benefit from one-to-one shared reading, call 0151 729 220 for more information.