Register for our Reading Rooms conference

The Verbal Arts Centre will hold its Reading Rooms Project Conference next month in Belfast and, registration is now open for this free showcase event.

Picture for blog story Register for our Reading Rooms conference

The Reading Rooms conference will take place on Thursday, October 8th, from 10am-4pm, at NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, a membership and representative umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.

Reading Rooms is a mobile shared reading programme that gives participants a voice, reduces isolation and anxiety, and promotes well-being.

We are a volunteer-led project and work in partnership with health trusts, schools and voluntary sector organisations to reach those most in need.

Groups we have engaged and you will hear from at the conference are: older people including those with dementia; health and well-being groups including disability, mental health and those with long term conditions; in prisons; and with children and youth at risk or in care.

Keynote speakers are Wendy Osborne, CEO of Volunteer Now, and Alison McCaughan, Northern Ireland Prison Service.

The panellists are Jan Carson and Sheena Wilkinson – Authors; Jane McStay – Community Development Manager, NOW Project; Cathal McElhatton – Manager, Foyle Disability Resource Centre; and Chris Donnelly – Vice Principal, Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School, Belfast.

Volunteers and group participants will also be giving their first hand experiences of the Reading Rooms project, which recently won two awards from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Please confirm your attendance at this FREE event to info@theverbal.co

Registration is advised as places are limited. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

NICVA is located at 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB.

If you have any additional questions give us a call on 02871 266946.


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