Bristol Ageing Better and The Reader, a national charity building stronger communities through their Shared Reading programs, have announced a new programme. This new programme aims to create meaningful shared experiences and strong social networks for over 50s across Bristol.
Over the next two years, The Reader will work with organisations across the area to establish 30 new Shared Reading groups and train 60 new volunteers from the community and partner organisations to bring Shared Reading groups into sheltered housing sites, care homes, libraries and community centres.
The Reader’s founder and director Jane Davis said:
“We’re delighted to work with Bristol Ageing Better again. Loneliness is a huge social problem across the UK but it’s one that we can do something about. Shared Reading groups are a simple way to bring people together and create a meaningful, shared experience that creates real, personal connections. It’s our ambition to make Shared Reading part of the national fabric so that everyone, no matter who or where they are, can find a group near them.”
The project has been developed in partnership with Bristol City Council Sheltered Housing, Brunelcare, Fresh Arts at Southmead hospital and Bristol City Council Libraries, who will each host reading groups across the city.
The project is also looking for other organisations interested in getting involved. If you are interested in getting involved, as a volunteer or as an organisation, can drop into an upcoming Volunteer Information Day in Bristol:
Friday 11 May, 10am-1pm, The Foyer, Bristol Central Library, College Green, BS1 5TL
Wednesday 23 May, 11am-2pm, Bishopston Library, Gloucester Road, Bishopston, BS7 8BN