Shared Reading combats loneliness and improves wellbeing
National charity, The Reader, is bringing people together and books to life here in Skelmersdale so that more people have the chance to experience literature’s life-supporting benefits.
A group of volunteers is being set up, led by local Councillor Claire Cooper, to run weekly Shared Reading groups in Skelmersdale library and community centres in the area and are calling for new members to come along and get involved.
Shared Reading – bringing novels, poems and plays to life through live reading aloud and group discussion – brings thousands of people from all walks of life together each week to connect, reflect, and discover great literature.
Across the country, adult groups regularly take place in many different venues. Groups are free to attend and open to all adults regardless of age, ability or background.
Cllr Claire Cooper believes that more people and communities in Skelmersdale could benefit from Shared Reading to combat loneliness in particular: Three quarters of GPs surveyed have said they are seeing between one and five people a day suffering with loneliness, which is linked to a range of damaging health impacts, like heart disease, strokes and Alzheimer’s disease. Around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month.
“We want to make the Shared Reading movement as accessible as possible so that there are groups in communities everywhere. We’re working to make this happen here in Skelmersdale by engaging with individuals and community groups. We’re also actively looking for more Reader Leaders to work with us across the town.”
To find out more about Shared Reading or volunteering opportunities with The Reader in Skelmersdale, Skelmersdale Library will be a Shared Reading session at 1.30pm on Monday 26 November or contact Claire on firstname.lastname@example.org.