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I will never forget Alan and Jo, and the camaraderie they shared through reading together

Leonie is a volunteer for The Reader in North Derbyshire, reading in a sheltered housing space in Chesterfield. In this…

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‘I’ve been amazed – truly blown away’ – Catherine’s Reader Story

Catherine is a volunteer for The Reader in the North West, reading predominantly with older people in care homes. In…

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‘You can’t pay for this’ – Patricia’s Story

Patricia is a regular at a special Shared Reading group at her local hospital, for people living with chronic pain.…

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‘Shared Reading builds a bridge for me’ – Melanie’s Story

Melanie is a volunteer Reader Leader for The Reader’s North Wales project, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, which…

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Children and Young People

‘He can talk to people, trust people and let them help him – we can’t believe it’ – Sandra’s Story

Sandra lives in Wirral with her two foster children, Ollie, 14, and Callum, 12. Each week, both boys read one-to-one…

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Shared Reading

‘The Reader gave everything I’d lost back to me’ – Brenda’s Story

In February 2019 we spoke to Brenda, a Volunteer Reader Leader and Shared Reading group member. Calderstones has been a…

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‘No pressure, just pleasure – I instantly relaxed’ – Nim’s Story

I started going to the reading group in the autumn last year. Two friends had mentioned it; I was feeling…

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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…

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Calderstones

‘This place is in my DNA’ – Mary’s Story

This Calder Story comes from Mary White, a local resident of our Calderstones Park HQ who has grown up and…

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Reader Story

‘The Gift of Trust’ – Sabine’s Story

Over 800 incredible volunteers help us bring weekly Shared Reading groups  into communities across the UK. But what is it like, becoming…

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Calderstones

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,…

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Calderstones

‘It is such a happiness when good people get together – and they always do’ – Pam and Keith’s Story

Just like Jane Austen's Miss Bates in Emma, we love a good wedding and the season is very much upon us. Since…

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