A novel solution to social isolation
Story-based social programs that support inclusion, connection and mental health.
“After a session, I always feel more connected, alert and alive”
Freda, program participant
SEE HOW WE CHANGE LIVES
HOW DO WE KNOW IT WORKS?
Quite simply, because we see it in action. In workplaces, in local communities, with jobseekers and in aged care – across New South Wales we see how shared reading is making a difference.
Participants and facilitators tell us about how shared reading has changed their lives or given them the tools to change the lives of others.
Along with what our trained facilitators learn every day, our practice is informed by a growing international body of research that details the impact of the shared reading model.
“All I have to do is open up to the nourishment coming in”
- By Freda (reading group member) - Freda's been attending a reading group for a couple of years now. Here, she reflects on how she came to be in the group and what it's meant to her. I was finding it frustrating that I couldn’t read. With dyslexia, when I was under...
A shared reading session can be the brightest mirror
- By Christopher Smith - "It struck me that as I deny acknowledgement to someone living on the street, I deny an expression of a part of myself. As I walk past pretending not to see them, I am also pretending that I am above them somehow, that we are not – in essence...
Gratitude is a reward for letting go
I am beginning to understand that my reactions to what people say and do are to do with the ways in which I have been conditioned – that when I am triggered I have a choice between identifying with the flood of thought and emotion that emerges, or observing it and letting go