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Read to Lead in London this June

Written by Lisa Spurgin, 21st May 2014

books and tea reading circleAt Better with a Book in London last week, we heard the amazingly moving and inspiring stories of some of our Readers, including that of  Jennifer who after attending a shared reading group with her nan went on to train to read with older people in the care home she works at in North London. Jennifer told us how she is using literature to connect with people living with dementia, exclaiming that shared reading is 'the best thing' for the residents she works with, making them 'happy' for an hour a week.

If you would like the chance to experience the power of shared reading, and learn the skills to enable others to get closer to great literature like Jennifer has, then you can join us for our next open Read to Lead course in the capital on 4th, 11th and 18th June.

Exclusively designed by The Reader Organisation, Read to Lead is the only course that introduces you to the working practice of shared reading. Over a stimulating, inspiring and enriching three days you will discover how to use literature to its full effect in shared reading groups and learn the skills needed to start your own group within your community. Following the course you will gain access to exclusive and specially tailored Ongoing Learning provision, offering support and enabling you to further your shared reading practice.

By attending Read to Lead, you can join the hundreds of shared reading practitioners across the UK and beyond who are sharing reading week on week with some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in society, ensuring that great literature is a legacy that all of us can share in.

"I realised there was so much more to becoming a facilitator than I had ever imagined. I look forward to the group every Wednesday and sharing the role and having someone always on hand to offer guidance and support is invaluable. The residents always say they have enjoyed it and I am pleased to say the group is going from strength to strength." - Jennifer, shared reading facilitator and Activities Coordinator at Jewish Care, North London

Our London Read to Lead course runs on 4th, 11th and 18th June (consecutive Wednesdays) at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue,  WC2H 8EP.

Places on Read to Lead cost £750 per person, including access to Ongoing Learning for 12 months. We offer one concessionary place of £250 on each course, and flexible payment options are available to all.

To apply for a place or for any queries about the course, please contact Literary Learning Coordinator Jennifer Kelly on or call 0151 207 7207.

For more information about Read to Lead and Ongoing Learning, see our website.

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