Training volunteers from the community to read one-to-one with families across Liverpool, some of whom are facing multiple challenges, has been key to creating a city-wide impact.
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The Reader’s Shared Reading projects promote reading for pleasure by creating enjoyable, social experiences that centre around sharing great literature by reading aloud stories and poems in a safe and welcoming environment. For children and young people in care this can mean specially tailored one-to-one reading sessions, often in the home, that deliver the individual attention they need dependent on reading level, attitude and behaviour.
In just six months, we engaged 70 vulnerable, looked after children and teenagers by training 88 volunteers. The project also hosted a five day summer school and several family fun days directly engaging children to promote a love of reading for pleasure which also extended to the adults in their lives – be they parents, carers, family support workers, community staff or volunteers.