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South West

“Because it’s important, I feel, there’s so much enjoyment there – you learn so much from other people. I never knew poetry could be so enjoyable – I hope it continues, it’s so good – It’s a friendship.” - Outlook South West group member

The Reader Organisation currently provides shared reading projects in Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Wiltshire. Our work in the South West has a health and wellbeing focus, forging strong partnerships with library services. Shared reading has been commissioned for recovery pathways and as a way of contributing to the promotion of good health in the area.

Our partners in the South West include:

Health and Wellbeing

  • Cornwall Rural Community Council
  • North Cornwall 3rd Sector Providers Hub
  • Restormel, Cornwall MIND
  • Re-Think
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Plymouth Community Healthcare
  • Plymouth Mental Health Network
  • Eddystone HIV Services
  • Plymouth City Council Translation Services
  • Devon County Council
  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • Recovery Devon
  • Encompass SW 
  • Transform4Work
  • North Devon Voluntary Services
  • Torridge District Council                    

Older People and Dementia

  • Age UK
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Devon Senior Voice
  • Devon Carers
  • Upstream
  • Kingscare
  • WRVS
  • Towercare

Community and Library

  • Devon Libraries
  • Cornwall Libraries
  • Plymouth Libraries
  • Volunteer Cornwall

Other partners and funders:  

  • Cornwell Trust
  • Plymouth Guild
  • Tudor Trust

What do they say about it?

Project Story: Devon Library Memory Groups and Feel Better With a Book

Reader Stories: Plymouth MIND

Derek's Reader Story, Cornwall

Can I join a group?

Go to our Group Map to see where our open groups are based around the South West.

How can I find out more?

Contact Sarah Dangar, South West Team Leader:

Follow The Reader South West on Twitter: @TheReaderSW

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