Shared Reading increases well-being by connecting people in a range of settings to share, listen and talk about poems and stories.
Our Shared Reading project is now in its fourth year and we are delighted to have been successful in gaining funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to enable us to expand across Derby and Derbyshire.
In our Shared Reading sessions poems, short stories and novels are read aloud together in groups. The sessions are interactive, allowing members to share and discuss personal responses to what is being read. People of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from Shared Reading. Shared Reading creates a safe, supportive and relaxed environment which fosters a sense of well-being, enjoyment and connectedness. This can lead to improved confidence, reduced social isolation and stronger more supportive communities.
The Lottery funding has enabled us to set up new groups at a variety of Derby venues including the YMCA, Riverside Library and St James’ Centre. We are excited to be planning further new groups in a range of settings during 2020.