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Shared Reading sessions are now available in the South West


13th February 2018

Shared Reading sessions are now available in the South West

We are delighted to announce funding of £136,846 from Arts Council England for an innovative project, delivered across 6 South West library services, to involve local people in Shared Reading, an inventive programme of cultural events and enjoy a digital app and online resources about literature.
Delivered in partnership with Literature Works, The Reader, and South Western Regional Library Service (SWRLS), library service staff will work with volunteers and other partners to support and encourage literacy and digital skills.

The project has 3 exciting elements:

22 Shared Reading groups will be set up across the region bringing people together regularly to share and listen to poems and stories. Through sharing their thoughts and experiences people make personal and social connections, helping to improve selfconfidence and overcome social isolation We are looking for volunteers who love reading and meeting people to help us set up and run the groups.  

A range of digital resources and technology will support the Shared Reading groups, and people who already love reading. A custom-made app will give access to wider reading opportunities The app will make the popular South West Reading Passport

http://readingpassport.literatureworks.org.uk/ available in digital form for the first time, for use in all libraries across the south west.

Creative and cultural events will showcase achievements of the Shared Reading groups; 

Reading is one of life’s joys; readers need writers and writers need readers; both need libraries.  It’s Literature Works’ mission to promote reading and writing opportunities throughout the South West region, so we could not be more delighted to be partners in this exciting project.” Helen Chaloner, CEO Literature Works

"We're delighted to be working with South Western Regional Libraries Service, Literature

Works and Arts Council England on this fantastic project. We bring people together through Shared Reading groups, so it’s wonderful that the project has come about in the same way, by people coming together. We already have groups in Bristol, Plymouth and Somerset, and we can't wait to bring Shared Reading to people right across the South West!" Dr Jane Davis MBE Ashoka Fellow, The Reader's Founder and Director

Local authorities participating are:

•Bournemouth Borough Council

•Bristol City Council

•Dorset County Council

•Borough of Poole 

•South Gloucestershire Council

•Wiltshire Council 

Literature Works exists to nurture and promote reading, writing and literature development activity in South West England.  It is a registered charity and an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation http://literatureworks.org.uk/

The Reader changes lives and strengthens communities by inspiring and supporting people to read great literature aloud together. Since 2008, The Reader has pioneered the use of Shared Reading to improve well-being, reduce social isolation and build resilience in diverse communities across the UK and beyond. We inspire and support people to read aloud together. Groups we work with include looked after children, people in recovery from substance mis-use, prisoners, individuals living with dementia, parents, teachers, people with mental and physical health conditions and many more www.thereader.org.uk   @thereaderorg

For further local information about the SW Region of Readers project in Dorset please contact:  

Emma Crago – coordinator                         emmacrago@thereader.org.uk

Julie Freeman - development librarian          j.freeman@dorsetcc.gov.uk

For dates and times contact:

Weymouth Library - 01305 762410

Christchurch Library - 01202 485938

Dorchester Library - 01305 224440

Portland Tophill Library - 01305 820171

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Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
Dorset Community Foundation
Volunteering Fund