ONE STORY AT A TIME
“After a session, I always feel more connected, alert and alive”
Freda, group participant
THE CONNECTING POWER OF STORIES
At heart, shared reading is about people from all walks of life coming together to hear great words read aloud, and share their responses. Our facilitators encourage people – by relating to each other – to discover the deep pleasure and profound wisdom of great writing.
With this simple activity, it is possible to help people feel more connected and included. Our groups have a big impact on the emotional health and wellbeing of participants
SHARING THE POWER OF STORIES
People have always shared stories — it is part of what makes us human. Shared Reading NSW believes that with the simple act of sharing stories aloud it is possible to change people’s lives.
We are not a book club. Our trained facilitators encourage people to engage with the story they’re reading and with each other. Our difference lies in the fact that everyone is reading the same thing at the same moment in time — we are literally all on the same page.
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.
- 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...read more
- 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...read more
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 goread more