The Read to Recovery – 2012

Between June – October 2012, Collected Works CIC set-up and ran 6 Read Aloud groups aimed specifically at people with mental health problems in Brighton & Hove and West Sussex. These groups were run by specially trained volunteers, under the guidance of paid mental health professionals. The launch at Support 4 Housing on London Road Brighton was attended by The Mayor (Bill Randall), Caroline Lucas MP and CEO of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Lisa Rodrigues. CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES OF THE LAUNCH

The project was a new venture for Collected Works CIC which focussed on a client group the organisation hadn’t worked with before. Collected Works CIC  used the evaluation, feedback and lessons learned from earlier projects to shape, develop and devise a new, more intensive and ambitious scheme, which involved the professional development of both volunteers and mental health professionals, as well as the social integration of its participants. 89 people participated in the project (including volunteers)

Our experience of hosting the group has been fantastic, and the group has chosen to go on to read other novels, and recruited new attendees, so all in all we are extremely happy that we got involved with Collected Works CIC! Guy Hayes, Support For Housing

Read how some of our volunteer Reading Champions found the experience of running a group…

Diary of a Reading Champion (Part 1)

Diary of a Reading Champion (Part 2)

Our London Road (Brighton) group

Creative reading, such as takes place in Read Aloud groups, has wonderful potential as a cost-effective form of self-help therapy that can promote the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. There is evidence that creative reading reduces stress levels and that social reading activity helps people relax, combats loneliness and offers therapeutic benefits. Jackie Manners (Principal Librarian – Community West Sussex)

“The people we work with suffer from severe and enduring mental health problems and are amongst the most social excluded groups in society. The Read Aloud group could encourage individuals to access community resources using a medium which is not only familiar to them and enjoyable but also therapeutic, to build confidence, social and cognitive skills and help structure time. Lynne Patterson, Occupational Therapist (Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) Jan 2012



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