Our projects with young people focus entirely on reading for pleasure. The informality of the weekly reading session helps to make reading enjoyable, building the confidence, self-esteem and reading ability of young people. Reading in schools, with looked after children, in the community and with trainee teachers, we are engaging with some of the hardest-to-reach young people in the country.
“I didn’t do reading before, but it’s fun and I love it now. Reading aloud is better than in your head. It’s like you’re on an adventure, you can understand more aloud.” Looked-after child reading in one-to-one session
“K’s said to me how much he’s enjoying reading with you… he’s perked up loads in class” Teacher, Glasgow
The benefits of shared reading for young people include:
“I don’t know why people only normally read Shakespeare in high school!” – A year 4 group member reading Shakespeare for the first time, Egremont Primary School, Wirral
“I’ve started reading at home, I used to get nervous reading aloud but I’m dead good at it now.” P, 11, Liverpool
Liverpool: Fazakerley School; JP Getty Foundation (Liverpool Looked After Children Project); Liverpool Hope University
Wirral: Reading one-to-one with Looked-after Children, funded by JP Getty Foundation; Reader-in-Residence at Egremont Primary School; Reader-in-Residence at Greasby Primary School; Forum Housing (reading with 16-25 year olds, young mums and their babies and young people with vulnerable mental health)
Scotland: Glasgow Schools Project (funded by Trusthouse): St Mungo’s Academy, Sacred Heart Primary, St Anne’s Primary
Commissioned by Liverpool Hope University, Hope Readers is a three-year Reader-in-Residence aiming to develop a culture of shared reading within an institution of higher education. Our reader-in-residence works within the Faculty of Education to inspire a new generation of teachers as readers to act as role-models for young people from the moment they enter their first classroom. In addition to this work within the timetable, we have brought high profile speakers, like Danny Boyle and Frank Cottrell Boyce, to animate the campus with literary inspired events.
Our Liverpool Hope Reader-in-Residence Charlotte Weber wrote an article for 'English 4-11' (Summer 2013) describing the motivations behind the Hope Readers project and containing stories of students who are rediscovering and developing their own love of reading for pleasure. Read the article in full on The Reader Online.
To explore the ways in which you can work with us to inspire a love of reading in young people, contact Charlotte Weber, Reader-in-Residence at Liverpool Hope University.
If you have any suggestions on how we can enhance the Reader experience for you, please get in touch by filling out our quick form. Thank you.