I have been coming to Toxteth Library Reading group for over a year now. I first found out about the group when I was in Windsor House Psychiatric Hospital, I’d been going through a tough time in my life and didn’t think I could cope any more. The Occupational Therapist there encouraged me to attend by telling me that it was a different approach to therapy… that is wasn’t therapy but was therapeutic.
The facilitator who visited the hospital made a real difference to my time there - people were reading and talking, reading and talking, and something moved every person there, we all related to the story - The Street that got Mislaid, by Patricia Waddington - in their own way. When I was discharged she (the facilitator) made sure that the leaflets about groups all over Liverpool where with my discharge papers. I plucked up the courage four weeks later to attend a group in the Library and was blown away with how the group and staff welcomed me like I’d always been there.
This group has been a lifeline for me. I escape everyday pressures for a few hours every week and I’d be lost without it.
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