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The Reader - Cheshire Reads

The Reader is a Liverpool based national charity and social enterprise that promotes the benefits of reading and engaging with literature for everyone, regardless of their circumstances. We are commissioned by CCGs, Public Health bodies, NHS trust and private care providers. We also train and support volunteers to deliver one to one shared reading sessions and have trained care workers, clinical staff and senior managers in our unique model of delivery.

30 November 2015
North West
Arts, Care, Clinical Commissioning Group, Education Sector, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, Membership Organisations, Recreation, Research Sector, Schools, Voluntary Sector, Commissioners Sector
Local Alliances:
Cheshire East Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Working in partnership with other health providers, our ambition is to transform the way we deliver services for people with a dementia diagnosis. Shared reading is a positive intervention which allows group members to particpate voluntarily as they wish and interact in relation to what is happening in the text itself and what maybe happening within themselves as individuals (in terms of reflections about peronal experiences, feelings and thoughts). Cheshire East Reads is a local project commissioned by Cheshire East Public Health which aims to encourage and increase particpation in shared reading by those at risk of social isolation and declining mental health thereby increasing health and welbeing.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Dementia awareness and working with those whose lives are affected by dementia has a strong foundation within The Reader, the main challenge is encouraging particiaption within groups and access to groups where transport is an issue.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Continual development and training

    become dementia friends and championsattend House of Memories workshop in Liverpool

    Being implemented
  • Establish Community Shared Reading groups throughout Cheshire East

    Community groups in MacclesfieldCommunity groups in CreweRaising awareness of groups within relevant sector

    Being implemented