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Project Story: Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust

The Reader-in-Residence at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust was commissioned in 2011 by Trust Chief Executive Bev Humphrey. Project worker Damian Taylor has since set up and delivered Get Into Reading groups across GMW.

There are currently 12 weekly Get Into Reading groups running across the Trust in a wide range of settings which include Adult and Young person secure services, Alcohol and Drug rehabilitation, Older people and Dementia services, Prison In-reach at HMP Styal and YOI Hindley and also at the John Denmark National Centre for Deafness.

The John Denmark Get Into Reading group is the first British Sign Language Get Into Reading group in the country and represents an important and innovative step in making great literature available to all. The Reader Organisation's work at the John Denmark Unit has been facilitated by a grant from the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust to pay for professional sign translation during the group.

12 members of GMW staff, including managers, clinical staff and service user volunteers have completed Read to Lead training delivered as part of the Reader in Residence project and have now started to deliver their own Get Into Reading groups within the Trust.

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