Our Community Reading Workers support access to stories and reading, including audio books, to help improve health and wellbeing. They provide a holistic and personalised approach to empower and motivate each person or family to experience the pleasure of reading and take proactive steps to improve their wellbeing. This could include spaces and places for reading, emotional support and other tools to help mental and physical wellbeing.
The workers go out into the community, engaging with local organisations and individuals, and using reading as a way of starting conversations and making connections.
Our Community Reading Workers take referrals from a wide variety of sources, including health and social care professionals, Social Prescribing Link Workers based in GP practices, voluntary and community sector groups, and self referrals. Referrals can include those experiencing anxiety, stress, chronic pain, depression, or other conditions, family carers and those who may be socially isolated. We work with a wide range of age groups including children and their families. Priority communities and individuals will be determined by local need.