Reading to Live Well


The excellent Reader Organisation is having their third national conference on May 17th. Here’s the info, and we encourage you to go– because reading matters.

With the current national highlight on the value of reading for everyone, become part of a rapidly growing wellbeing movement: reading aloud together for pleasure.


The Reader Organisation’s third national conference:


Reading to Live Well


17th May 2012, 9am – 5pm


British Library, London, NW1 2DB




Speakers include:


·         Dr Iona Heath, President of the Royal College of General Practioners


·         Jonathan Rose, Professor Jonathan Rose, William R Kenan Professor of History, Drew University, USA, and author of The Intellectual Life of The British Working Classes


·         Lemn Sissay, award-winning poet and the first to write for the Olympics 2012


Our Reading to Live Well conference is aimed at professionals working to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities – those commissioning, delivering, researching, referring or funding services – who want to learn how our pioneering project ‘Get Into Reading’ can help support service users in their recovery, improve the morale and motivation of staff involved and promote the importance of reading aloud together for pleasure.


“Get Into Reading is one of the most significant developments to have taken place in mental health practice in the last ten years.” Dr David Fearnley, Medical Director, Mersey Care NHS Trust (RCPsych ‘Psychiatrist of the Year 2009’)


“It’s like a door has opened and the light has come in.” Sue, full-time carer


Our pioneering ‘Get Into Reading’ project is delivered in all four corners of the UK, reaching people aged 3-103, in hospitals and care homes, libraries and GP surgeries, prisons and supermarkets.


“It’s given me a second chance. I feel my views are valued here.” Gary, probation centre resident and a non-reader


“I never knew this is what books were.” Ted, a literate non-reader, on reading with others


Our Reading to Live Well conference will showcase our Get Into Reading projects in London and across the UK..  We will also explain ‘how and why’ Get Into Reading works for readers and non-readers alike, and disseminate key findings of two recent research projects by the University of Liverpool on the impact of the Get Into Reading model on people with depression and dementia.


To book your place at the Reading to Live Well conference and become part of this growing movement, click here.



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