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 Sara Fawcett - “…it made me almost feel free. Like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I found myself talking to people I hadn't talked to before and it wasn't just normal talking. There was a banter and witty jokes shared between us, open discussions about...read more
- By Mary Houghis - “…I thought that I could not get back into nursing, shared reading has changed that…” Mary has been attending shared reading groups for around 6 months. In that time she has connected with others and found new motivation, purpose and...read more
- By Christopher Smith - “After the reading group I feel more connected, alert and alive” Freda B Fischer is new to shared reading, but in a few short weeks has experienced its powerful effects. Freda speaks of the experience of hearing beautiful texts read...read more