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Claudette’s Reader Story – “If you’re looking for empathy and understanding, you’ll find it here”

Claudette is part of a Shared Reading group in Croydon. She talks to The Reader about her experiences, and how…

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Amanda’s Reader Story – “Running the group has improved my mental health”

Amanda is a Reader Leader at a peer support group in Doncaster. Here she tells us about her experience of…

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‘Why, who makes much of a miracle?’ Shared Reading in Skelmersdale

How one Shared Reading group is making a difference for asylum seekers in the North West  Tucked away in the…

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Patrick’s Reader Story – “It creates a bond between residents and staff”

Patrick runs a Shared Reading group with residents in a care home. Here, he talks about the ways Shared Reading…

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Waldo’s Reader Story – “There’s a shared connection”

Waldo is a Peer Recovery Trainer in Camden. He talks about how Shared Reading helped him when he was struggling…

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Helen’s Reader Story – “I owe my life to that group and Shared Reading.”

I shall be telling this with a sigh  Somewhere ages and ages hence:  Two roads diverged in a wood, and…

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Stuart’s Reader Story – “It’s helped me be happy”

Stuart has been attending Shared Reading groups in West London for over 10 years, here he talks about the effects…

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‘You’re digging deep into yourself’- Camilla’s Reader Story

This Reader Story was collected and written by Fiona Magee. 'George’s voice became deeper… “Guys like us, that work on ranches,…

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‘I am learning: I can compare what is happening in the book to my own culture’ – Nisha’s Reader Story

This Reader Story was collected and written by Fiona Magee.   "Tell about the house, George," Lennie begged.  "Sure, we'd…

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“All you have to bring is yourself” – Tassie’s Reader Story

This Reader Story was collected and written by Fiona Magee. Tassie was part of a Shared Reading group that took place…

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Yvonne’s Story: “It’s like a therapy for your mind. It relaxes your mind to have something different to think about.”

Yvonne moved to England from Jamaica in the 1970s and worked as a nurse for many years. She joined a telephone Shared Reading group…

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“I wasn’t expecting to feel moved by a poem” – Patricia’s Reader Story

This Reader Story was collected and written by Fiona Magee. Patricia is a Shared Reading group member who attended a…

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