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Shared Reading Taster with The Reader Organisation

“It has revealed poetry/reading out loud as an incredible coping strategy – for my own wellbeing and others in many situations in the community.” Reader Leader Shared Reading inspires and supports people to read, aloud, together. In a Shared Reading session, a small group of people come together on a weekly basis to explore a great novel, story or poem. The trained group leader takes responsibility for reading aloud and facilitates relaxed and informal discussion that offers group members time and space to connect with the story in a live and personal way- sharing experiences, thoughts and ideas, or simply listening. Group members begin to connect with themselves and each other in meaningful ways. Personal confidence and wellbeing improves, and a positive relationship with books, reading and their community flourishes. Impact stems from the model itself, which is: *Regular – most groups run weekly, offering regular, much needed structure in sometimes lonely lives *Group based and interactive – Bringing people together and facilitating meaningful discussions *Inclusive – Texts are read aloud, and no prior reading is required. Groups are suitable for all levels of experience or confidence in reading. There is no pressure for group members to read out loud or even speak. *Stimulating – Working through stories together in a fun and engaging way offers a powerful language which helps us to better connect to our experiences, ourselves and each other

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