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200 chances to make a difference in 2020 – join the Reading Revolution now

Written by Kirsty Styles, 1st January 2020

 

More than 600 Shared Reading groups happen every single week across the UK, from Abergavenny to Yeovil, but we're always looking for people to join, or lead, Shared Reading groups, or have a go at reading aloud one-to-one with younger or older people.

Becoming a Reader Leader means getting a free, transformative training programme, where you’ll learn how to bring people together and books to life.

At the start of a new decade, we're asking 200 new people to come forward across the country to join our movement. It'll change your life and the lives of people you read with.

"Here, you talk about things that don’t come up in normal conversation," one care home reader recently told us for a written piece about the power of poetry. "Important, life things.”

You can find out exactly who we need, where, to do what, in the list below.

Fill out the volunteer form here to let us know where you want to get involved. But if it's a volunteer role at The Reader's Calderstones Park HQ in Liverpool, fill out this form instead.

Birmingham: Leaders for groups in community spaces

 Cheshire:

  • 6 leaders for one-to-one reading with an older person in Chester
  • 6 leaders for groups in community spaces in Warrington
  • leaders for groups in community spaces across the county

Greater Manchester:

  • 3 leaders for groups in community spaces in Manchester
  • 9 leaders for groups for people recovering from addiction in Salford and Trafford

Lancashire: 4 leaders for groups in community spaces in Skelmersdale

London:

  • 6 leaders for groups in community spaces in Barnet, Lewisham and Southwark
  • 12 leaders for groups in community spaces reading with older people in Croydon
  • 10 leaders for groups in community spaces reading with older people in Hackney
  • 8 leaders for groups in community spaces in Tower Hamlets

Merseyside

Halton: 2 leaders for groups in community spaces

North Liverpool:

  • 40 leaders for one-to-one reading with a looked-after-child in Anfield, Bootle and Everton
  • 4 leaders for groups in community spaces in Sefton

St Helens: 4 leaders for groups in community spaces

South Liverpool:

  • 8 leaders for Shared Reading groups at The Reader's headquarters in Calderstones Park
  • 15 leaders for wellbeing groups at The Reader's headquarters in Calderstones Park (Language Café, Gardening, Chatty Café, Poetry Walk, Upcycling, Board Games Club)
  • 15 community advocates needed at The Readers headquarters in Calderstones Park
  • Weekend welcome, shop and heritage volunteers needed for The Reader’s headquarters in Calderstones Park
  • 4 leaders for one-to-one reading with an older person in Huyton
  • 6 leaders for groups in care homes in Huyton
  • 4 leaders for groups in community spaces in Huyton, Prescot, Roby and Stockbridge Village

Wirral:

  • 8 leaders for groups in community spaces in Wirral
  • 10 leaders for one-to-one reading with a looked-after-child in Wirral

North Wales:  

  • leaders for groups in community spaces in Anglesey
  • leaders for groups in community spaces in Conwy
  • leaders for groups in community spaces in Gwynedd

Somerset:

  • 10 leaders for groups for people living with dementia and their carers
  • 1 leader for a group in a community space

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