Help us professionally train Reader Leaders to run shared reading groups promoting social inclusion - uplifting hearts & minds!
We run weekly shared reading groups for the elderly, rough sleepers and others where short stories and poetry are read aloud and discussed within the group. Reading aloud facilitates access for those with visual or perceptual disabilities. Over time our groups bond and become a central part of people's lives. We get feedback like: "I can't remember the last time I had something to look forward to."
We use the programme developed by The Reader Organisation, an award winning charity from the UK. Their research has gained us access to work with vulnerable people like prisoners in the Auckland Regional Women's Correctional Facility. Without this connection, we would not have gained this access.
Your donation funds the training of volunteer Reader Leaders serving diverse Auckland communities.
The community need that we meet is the need for meaningful social contact. Our society uses technology for speed and efficiency of communication, there are still however many people who exist on the other side of the digital divide. The elderly, prisoners, rough sleepers and many others may not have access to social networks that provide meaningful connections with others. The Reading Revolution provides face to face weekly meetings where groups build trust to discuss the big issues. We use a literature intervention that allows us to engage with great thinkers and art in a relaxed forum. At the Reading Revolution we provide access to great literature through our shared reading groups. We read short stories and poetry aloud to facilitate this access for those who may experience psychological or physical barriers to reading.
Almost there! 3 November 2017
Hello generous donors, we are so close now! We are only $500 away from our target of covering the cost of Read to Lead training for our 7 fabulous volunteers to be held November 23rd-25th November. Thanks again for all your support we have come a long way! : )