The Reader Organisation has a full-time Reader-in-Residence based in Toxteth Library, Liverpool, focusing on building community through shared reading groups based on the Get Into Reading model.
The Reader-in-Residence has set up various long and short-term weekly Get Into Reading groups in a variety of local settings as well as in the library. These groups operate within the Toxteth boundary (L8), plus other non-regular reader development activities run in the area. As part of the project, we have been reading with people living with physical health problems, mental health problems including people with dementia, homeless people and unpaid carers, and people from a varied range of different cultural backgrounds. Our work in Toxteth has been successful over a period of 3 years, with members increasing in self-confidence and self-esteem.
“Without the sense of worth and wellbeing I have received from being a group member I don’t think I could ever have gone back to work. I’ve been unemployed for nearly five years and have suffered with depression for longer than that so I know first-hand the power that these groups have to change someone’s life” – Get Into Reading group member, Toxteth Library
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