Reader Story: Derek, Cornwall
Derek first attended a Shared Reading group in Outlook South West, a psychological therapy service in Cornwall, and now comes to a group every week in the library. The group facilitator asked him what Shared Reading meant to him:
How would you describe yourself and your needs before joining the group?
I have OCD – it’s a fight for me and I was a little depressed.
What made you come to the group?
I saw a notice at Outlook South West and thought it looked inviting. I’m not well read and I wanted to find something to help me over a bad period – I also have skin cancer.
What was the group like for you?
It was an awakening – so many interesting people and it was so varied – we can learn from each other. The pleasure of having someone not as a teacher but who was clever at bringing you into a story – it’s a new awakening.
What makes you keep coming?
I’m really happy to quietly enjoy – you can get involved or you can sit and quietly enjoy yourself. I’m sorry it’s come so late in my life.
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.
How would you describe its effect on you?
It’s helped a lot – my wife has seen the difference ( you should really ask her ) and I’ve got her involved with it at home.
The facilitator did ask Derek's wife if she had noticed a change in him since he'd joined the Shared Reading group:
Oh yes, it really has helped. He gets so depressed about his OCD and can’t cope if things don’t go right. When he’s been to your group he’s a different person, so cheerful and full of it all, talking about the stories and poems. He looks forward to it so much – meeting different people has been so good for him. I’m so pleased he’s going – he won’t let anything get in the way of it.
*Please note all Reader Stories have been anonymised
After five years getting people reading aloud together in Leicestershire – there’s free training for new volunteers on offer this…
After a decade reading aloud across the capital, new Shared Reading groups will help tackle loneliness in West London communities Volunteers read great literature aloud each week – to create time and space for…
Patricia is a regular at a special Shared Reading group at her local hospital, for people living with chronic pain.…
Contact usGet in touch and be part of the story
You can also speak to us on: 0151 729 2200