What do Reading Rooms offer?
Reading together, talking and sharing stories and developing ideas collectively creates powerful and beneficial connections. A Reading Room benefits everyone involved, bringing peopletogether, and provides a platformfor the sharing of stories, memories, thoughts and opinions. It gives residents a chance to make their voice heard, creates a sense of relaxation and calm, while also improving concentration and memory.
We need YOU to get involved. Currently we are looking for readers for our CARE HOMES project both here in the City and also in Omagh.
Become a reader, join in theconversations and help residentsto be a part of the community. We are looking for people who love reading and can read aloud and help a group start a conversation. You do not have to be an expert in English Literature.
So how does it work?
• Contact Sinead Devine on 028 71 266 946 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be asked to fill out a short form and this will be followed up with an informal meeting so you can get to know us and we get to know you. This is followed by training in OCN Level 2 Facilitation Skills for Shared Reading run over three-and-a half days, usually spread across 2 or 3 weeks. Proposed dates for the autumn for this programme are: 19th/26th October and 2nd November from 10am – 4pm daily. The OCN Level 2-accredited course in is followed up with a half-day Safeguarding Adults course, reflecting Reading Rooms’ respect for the vulnerabilities of the groups with whom they work. Verbal pays for all volunteer training costs, including volunteer Access NI certificates, as part of its ongoing commitment to volunteers and in recognition of the contribution they make.
Come, help to make lasting connections for older people – get involved in Reading Rooms.