Celebrating Our Haringey Volunteers
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by Lily Kehoe
5d ago
On 7th June, we joined several Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and volunteers in Haringey outside the pavilion in the lovely Bruce Castle Park for the launch event for Loneliness Awareness Week 2024. The event was hosted by The Reader’s long term Haringey partners Haringey Reach and Connect, marking, among other borough-wide achievements, another year of our partnership after we produced and released a video, showcasing the Read and Connect project through the Shared Reading group at Jacksons Lane Arts Centre together around the time of LAW last year. Photo: Haringey Reach and Co ..read more
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Could you volunteer to lead Shared Reading groups to support wellbeing of Asylum Seekers and Refugees?
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by Lily Kehoe
1w ago
We're launching an innovative new project in Halton for refugees and asylum seekers with an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) focus to explore experiences of migration, loss, and displacement through international stories, while also bridging community connections.   These two new Shared Reading groups aim to “foster empathy and understanding” with refugees and asylum seekers in Halton, as well as building community cohesion. And we're currently seeking four enthusiastic individuals to join a fully funded training programme to start their journey as Reader Leaders, who ..read more
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Open Air Theatre FAQ’s
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by Amber Regan
1w ago
If you were able to snap up some tickets, check below for any queries you might have ahead of showtime! We can't wait to see you there... Where is the Garden Theatre? The Garden Theatre in located behind the Mansion House in Calderstones Park. You will need to enter via the side gate next to The Reader Bookshop. What time can I arrive? The Garden Theatre gates will open one hour before the event, but if you would like to come and soak in the atmosphere earlier, our Bookshop café will be open serving a selection snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Where can I sit? This is an outdoor pe ..read more
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The Storybarn Selects… From The Reader Bookshelf
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by Lily Kehoe
2w ago
The Reader Bookshelf 2024 is here. A carefully curated collection of literature for adults and children, exploring a different theme each year, this year’s theme ‘Wonder’ is about being bold, being curious and being open. Staff and volunteers around the country have selected 12 titles for children which explore what 'Wonder' means to them. This month, Reading Heroes Coordinator, Stephen, shares his thoughts on Shaun Tan's Tales From Outer Suburbia. Despite spending thirty five years in teaching (and literally DECADES as a Head of English), my acquaintance with children's and young adult liter ..read more
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Storyhunters Hunted: Beans on Toast
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by Lily Kehoe
2w ago
We're making it our mission to track down all of our wonderful Storyhunters and find out a little more about them. This month, we caught Beans on Toast before he bounced back home after a long shift at the Storybarn. It's so nice to finally meet you, Beans On Toast. Tell us more about where you came from! I hail from the exotic wilds of Widnes, where the birds sing backwards and the streets are paved with pancakes. What's your favourite part of the Storybarn? Why, it's telling telling stories, of course! I love putting smiles on faces and really making people laugh. What's your favourite stor ..read more
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Meet The Reader: Jess Harrison
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by Lily Kehoe
3w ago
Jess Harrison is our Data Training and Engagement Lead at The Reader. She also co-leads our Pride on the Page Group. As a new set of taster sessions recently launched at The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, for Pride Month, we ask Jess about what running the group means to her. Jess being interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside as part of promotion for taster sessions at Liverpool Everyman Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at The Reader.   I started working at The Reader in 2019 in the Monitoring and Evaluation team. I spend a lot of time helping to train colleagues in using ..read more
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Reader Revisited: Jane Davis in Conversation with Jeanette Winterson
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by Lily Kehoe
3w ago
We're taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting articles from The Reader Magazine. This article first appeared in issue 44. Jeanette Winterson's memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? relates the story of her suicidal breakdown and subsequent search for the truth about her birth mother. It is also an account of a life shaped and given the deepest of meanings by books. As with Jeanette's favourite Shakespeare play, The Winter's Tale, the book falls into two halves separated by a wide and untold gap of time. The opening chapters detail the reality of the life that gave rise to W ..read more
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Building Community: Launching two Shared Reading in Halton for asylum seekers, refugees and Halton residents
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by Lily Kehoe
3w ago
Two new Shared Reading groups are launching in Halton for asylum seekers and refugees and Halton residents. With thanks to the generous support from the Halton Community Fund. There is no pressure to talk or read aloud. These groups aim to support wellbeing and strengthen community bonds by fostering greater empathy and understanding. What is Shared Reading? Every week, The Reader brings people together at Shared Reading groups in Liverpool and across the UK. Here, people talk, connect, and share experiences using stories and po ..read more
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Meet the Volunteer: Lynda
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by Lily Kehoe
1M ago
Name: Lynda Carey  Location: The Mansion House, Liverpool  Role: Volunteer at The Reader’s home in Calderstones Park, predominantly in its Heritage Area which explores the history of Liverpool and the Mansion House and the 5,000 year-old Calder Stones which give the Park its name.   Why did you decide to volunteer with The Reader?  I chose to volunteer at the Reader as I’m committed to the purpose of the organisation and value the difference reading can make to the individual and community. I enjoy making a small contribution to this important organisation.  What do y ..read more
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Henrik Wig, Sweden: ‘Having Shared Reading at the Psychiatric ward has a huge impact on me. Just seeing what a literary text can do…’
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by Lily Kehoe
1M ago
Literature teacher Henrik has been running Shared Reading groups across southern Sweden for six years with various children’s groups and at one of Sweden’s largest prisons. He is currently one of four Reader Leaders working on a two-year state-funded project on the Psychiatric ward at the University Hospital of Sahlgrenska, Gothenburg.   How I first heard about Shared Reading    As a teacher of literature, I’ve always been interested in reading together with others. I’ve been involved in different reading projects over the years, not only in the education system.  ..read more
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