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Children and Young People

Alys’ Reading Heroes Volunteer Story – “It took her out of herself.”

Reading Heroes matches volunteers to read with care experienced children and young people in order to spark a life long…

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Children and Young People

Abby’s Reading Heroes Volunteer Story – “She’s absolutely blossomed… that’s down to being in a secure environment.”

Reading Heroes matches volunteers to read with care experienced children and young people in order to spark a life long…

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Tiny Heroes volunteer reads with a toddler
Children and Young People

Becca’s Reading Heroes Volunteer Story – “I just go in and say, ‘I’m your reading friend.’”

Reading Heroes matches volunteers to read with care experienced children and young people in order to spark a life long love…

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Shared Reading
Reader Stories

“It’s been a huge part of my recovery.” – A Reader Story from Damien John Kelly House

In September 2021, a group of men from Damien John Kelly House – an abstinence-based recovery living centre for adult…

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Reader Stories

“It’s completely accessible to everybody” – Reader Stories from Bradbury Fields

Bradbury Fields is a charity in Liverpool which works with blind and partially sighted people, and The Reader deliver a…

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Keith's Story
Reader Stories

Keith’s Reader Story – “The readings invigorated me” 

Keith, a 60 year old patient at Warrington Hospital, found his life turned on its head after suffering a stroke…

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Cynthia's Story
Reader Stories

Cynthia’s Reader Story – ‘It’s given me a new stride in my step’ 

Volunteer Cynthia leads a Shared Reading group in Kingston Library which is part of an innovative Arts Council England funded…

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Jenna's Reader Story
Reader Stories

Jenna’s Reader Story – “I’m valued for who I am”

With Libraries Week UK on the horizon, we spoke with Jenna who attends a Shared Reading group at her local…

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Shared Reading- Jack's Story
Reader Stories

Jack’s Reader Story – “I come out of the sessions feeling fulfilled.” 

Spider Project Café 71 in Chester is a safe, non clinical community space for anyone struggling to cope in a…

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Shared Reading group
Reader Stories

Linda’s Reader Story – “We’re different types of people and we’re all getting to know each other.”

Linda attends a Shared Reading group in Doncaster. Here she talks about her experiences and what she’s gained from being…

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Shared Reading in Dementia settings
Reader Stories

Sally’s Reader Story – “It was as if the poetry unlocked a part of her that dementia was keeping hidden away”

This Dementia Action Week, Sally, an Occupational Therapy Assistant tells us how Shared Reading has benefited patients she works with…

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Reader Story
Reader Stories

John’s Reader Story – “It’s good for the soul, and good for the spirit.”

John is a staff member at a probation services setting. Here, he talks to The Reader about witnessing the benefits…

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