With ongoing support and training from The Reader, our volunteers are developing reading within their communities, sharing reading experiences, and growing in personal confidence. Our growing band of volunteers are a valued part of the Reader family.
“Humbling. I am constantly amazed by the enthusiasm and concentration of our reading group at Willow Bank, despite the poor health and mobility of most members. They are committed to attending once a week for the group support and friendship but mostly to enjoy a wide variety of stories, poems andnovels that we have shared. I really enjoy the rich discussion stemming from personal and common experiences which is stimulated by the literature we share. One members sums it up by saying “This is simply the best day of the week; I look forward to it so much.” - Rhiannon Evans, Volunteer Reader, Big Lottery Project
“I take something good away from it too. It's hard to explain, but I leave the group on a 'high'. Seeing how reading has brought people together and observing people make friends, is something special. How often do we sit with strangers from diverse backgrounds and different experiences and talk?” – Kathryn Fulton, Volunteer at Jewish Care and Chipping Barnet Library
"It's a responsibility and it's a joy. It's a commitment and it's a privilege."- Sheila Houldin, Volunteer Reader, Big Lottery Project
“I have learnt more about ways to help generate understanding. And I have learnt a lot about some remarkable people.” – Anne Harding, Volunteer Facilitator at Rubens House Jewish Care Home, Barnet
“It helps me understand my grandma better. I’m not afraid of reading aloud now.” – MOTO volunteer, Exeter Library Memory Group
“It is very satisfying using my own interest in literature to enable community and other groups to enjoy reading books and poems together. In the process I learn a lot from them about how to look at and deal with the world” – Ruth Cohen, Volunteer Reader, The Eversfield Centre, Barnet
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