We facilitate access to books and support reading for pleasure to improve well-being. Trained Community Reading Workers engage with groups and individuals who are dealing with loneliness, ill-health or have caring responsibilities. We often focus on areas of health inequality and social disadvantage
We reach people who might never have looked at a book since school, or set foot in a library. We introduce, or reintroduce them to the joy and escape of reading and bring people together to share their ideas and enthusiasms without any fear of being judged.
Community Reading Workers
The benefits of reading for pleasure
Research has shown that fiction enhances our ability to empathize with others; to put ourselves into another’s shoes; to become more intuitive about other people’s feelings (as well as our own); and to self-reflect on our problems as we read about and empathize with a fictional character who is facing similar problems.
Reading can benefit individuals of any age by increasing self-awareness, improving self-esteem, and aiding in the ability to face developmental crises. Studies show reading as a form of therapy to be useful in the treatment of depression, mild alcohol abuse, anxiety, eating disorders, and communication issues.