“Relax and listen to stories and poems in a small friendly shared reading group.”
People living with dementia and their carers do not need to be alone. A shared reading memory group is where people can come together to read and discuss literature in an open and supportive environment.”
In a nutshell: A shared reading group for people living with memory loss, Dementia, Alzheimer’s and their carers. Relax and listen to stories and poems in a small friendly shared reading group with a trained volunteer. Free of charge and refreshments provided.
What makes this project special:
Living with dementia can sometimes be a hard and lonely experience; with this in mind a shared reading memory group can promote social inclusion and wellbeing, through:
- stimulating positive memories by reading aloud and sharing quality literature;
- social engagement – opportunity to meet and interact with others, build friendships and have fun;
- support – developing a network of local people living with similar circumstances;
- a sense of self-esteem as opinions are sought, shared and respected, (sometimes parts of the sessions are led by group members);
- stimulation which can improve memory, comprehension and language;
- something for everyone involved to look forwards to;
- connection – a better understanding of the person living with dementia and a new component to relationships.
Find out more:
The Reader organisation: http://www.thereader.org.uk/who-we-are.aspx
Training courses for leading a shared reading group, including Read to Lead: http://www.thereader.org.uk/courses.aspx
Further information about library memory groups in Wiltshire: https://www.yourcareyoursupportwiltshire.org.uk/health-and-social-care/library-memory-groups.aspx
Support from your local community area manager:
You can access documents, templates and funding advice from your local community area manager to help get a shared reading memory group flying.