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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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‘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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Reader Story

‘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

CALDER STORY: “This place is in my DNA”

  This month, our Calder Story comes from Mary White, a local resident who has grown up and raised her…

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Calderstones

Reader Story: The Gift of Trust

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

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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

CALDER STORY: “It is such a happiness when good people get together – and they always do”

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

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Calderstones

CALDER STORY: Family Summers at Calderstones Park

  With football pitches and tennis courts, the playground, botanical gardens to explore and ducks to be fed at the lake, Calderstones Park has been…

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CALDER STORY: Love’s Labour’s Lost in Calderstones Park

  Stories are at the heart of our project to create The International Centre for Shared Reading at Calderstones Mansion…

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Calderstones

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. Before we…

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