How does spending an afternoon reading great literature in good company sound to you?
Shared Reading can provide a moment of calm in an otherwise busy routine or for some, it might be the only thing to get them out of the house. Whatever a group member’s reason for coming along to a Shared Reading session, we want to make sure that we’re there for them every week.
It might sound like a big commitment, four hours each week to prepare and run a session, but our volunteers think it’s worth it:
- 92% said they gained a real sense of achievement*
- 97% would recommend volunteering with The Reader to other people*
“The best organisation I have ever belonged to”
A year ago I completed my volunteer Read to Lead training and now run my own weekly Shared Reading group. . .
This enables me to enjoy my favourite pastime in the company of others, to interact, to listen and to open up my mind to new ideas. This helps me to be more accepting of and receptive to the opinions of others. To read stories, novels and poetry together is fun and exciting and something to look forward to each week. It is challenging and stimulating, testing my organisational skills and my ability to encourage others’ self expression. I really enjoy reading aloud and listening to other group members read. The discussions are varied and friendly even though opinions differ. There is a caring and respectful atmosphere at The Reader and people are given listening time when they need to talk.
The Reader is the best organisation I have ever belonged to as a group member and as a volunteer. The training for volunteer roles is outstanding and there is excellent ongoing support. I am always made to feel that I am a valued member of the community.
|Joyce, Reader Leader, Liverpool|
If you want to give your time to give something back to your local community, running a Shared Reading group could be for you.
How can you get involved?
As a Volunteer Reader Leader you’ll receive full training and support, starting your journey on our inspiring Read to Lead programme where you’ll be equipped with the confidence, insight and skills needed to lead a Shared Reading group.
Read to Lead
You’ll begin with a series of invigorating, thought-provoking sessions delivered as an intensive three-day course or flexibly over a period of weeks. During initial training you will:
- experience the joy of Shared Reading first-hand and develop an understanding of how it can change lives
- learn key techniques that underpin Shared Reading and how to put them into practice
- develop reading, facilitation and communication skills that will enhance your life beyond Shared Reading
During this enriching experience you’ll discover the power literature has to bring people together and connect with our wider network of Reader Leaders – volunteers who are setting out on this journey with you to create a movement and change the world, one page at a time.
Be part of the story. . .
*out of 39 respondents, September 2016 – February 2017