Reading for Wellbeing is a Kent based project aimed at getting people into reading for pleasure whilst improving their well-being and social inclusion. We do this through our shared reading groups and six week programme. We work with anyone who has an interest in reading or is willing to give it a go!
Firstly it is important to encourage all to stay safe, well and follow the government guidelines on managing this pandemic.
Following the government advice I have sadly taken the decision to cancel all groups at this time. I understand that for some the groups are a real lifeline so this was not an easy decision to make.
What I can offer in the meantime are online sessions where I read aloud and people can listen, comment and take a moment to enjoy the reading. I am also offering a letter writing service to reach out to those who are isolated and maybe feel alone. There will be more information to follow very soon.
Take care of yourselves and each other.
This 6 week programme is part of a new research project in partnership with Footnote Counselling. It combines shared reading with elements of Narrative Therapy to create an alternative short term therapy open to those who are unable to access or seek an alternative to other short term therapies.
There will be an online offer very soon, to keep up to date register below.
These groups are a space for people to come together where they can develop their own relationship with reading. Stories and poems are read aloud by the facilitator which means that are totally inclusive. The group is encouraged to engage in discussion around thoughts, feelings and memories that are sparked from the literature.
These groups will run online via our YouTube page during the Pandemic.
During a time of isolation it feels even more important to stay connected with each other. During this pandemic (and perhaps beyond!) Zena is offering a letter writing service to those who are most isolated and who are struggling with limited or no contact with others. You can request a letter for yourself or someone else, just please get permission to share their contact details.