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Through a growing movement of 1,000 volunteers and partners across different sectors, we currently bring over 2,500 people together each week to share and discuss great novels, plays and poems. We call this Shared Reading.
By reading with families, adults, looked after children, older people in care, adults with physical and/or mental health conditions, people coping with addiction and individuals in the criminal justice system, our work is helping to improve wellbeing, reduce isolation and build stronger communities.
Currently working in 35 prisons and approved premises, we reach 650 people each week:
77% report improved wellbeing
67% report improved confidence
64% say Shared Reading helps them understand themselves better and connect to others in a deeper way
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“In Shared Reading the barriers broken down – not just seen as a “white shirt”. Ideas can be discussed openly.” Prison Officer, Cat A Prison
“I’ve been in here for – it’ll be 28 years in 3 days. And to be honest, this is the best part of my week. This makes you feel human.” Shared Reading group member, Cat. A prison
“Shared Reading enables offenders to feel differently about themselves and others - bringing shifts in perspective which are part of the process of reform leading to rehabilitation. Reading and reflecting together in a safe environment loosens default patterns of being and behaving, making it possible for offenders to believe in their own capacity to change.” Dr David Fearnley, Executive Medical Director, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board