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The Reader Organisation's National Conference 2014

15th May 2014 9:00 to 16:30

'Better with a Book: Exploring the Relationship between Literature and Mental Health'

British Library Conference Centre, Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

 

The Reader Organisation's annual national conference provides the opportunity for commisioners, practitioners and professionals to explore the impact of shared reading.

The fifth annual national conferencewill explore how their shared reading model uses literature to improve mental health, reduce social isolation and enhance quality of life.

Shared reading groups currently take place every week in health, criminal justice, community, and education settings across the UK, providing individuals of all ages and backgrounds with the tools to transform their relationship to themselves and one another.

“I forget about everything putting pressure on me and go into the book.”
Looked after child, 10, Merseyside

The Reader Organisation works extensively with children and young people to encourage a life-long love of reading, developing confidence, self-esteem and relationships with peers, as well as establishing a culture of shared reading amongst parents, carers and teachers.

CLS Speakers include:

Dr Alice Sullivan, co-author of Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading (Institute of Education) will be discussing the relationship between reading, educational attainment and emotional wellbeing with Baroness Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for Education and Dr Jane Moore, Head of School of Teacher Education at Liverpool Hope University.

To read about Dr Alice Sullivan's research, Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom, click on the 'Reading for pleasure' link on the right hand collumn.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Lord Melvyn Bragg, writer, broadcaster and former President of MIND, sharing his personal reading experiences.
  • Baroness Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for Education, and Dr Alice Sullivan, Institute for Education, discussing the role of reading in schools
  • Nick Benefield, former NHSE PD Advisor and Joint Head of NHSE/NOMS Offender PD Team, and Lord Alan Howarth, All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, and Lord David Ramsbotham, former HM Chief Inspector of Prisons,discussing the effect of shared reading in secure mental health settings.

 

Programme Information:

Shared reading groups currently take place every week in health, criminal justice, community, and education settings across the UK, providing individuals with the tools to transform their relationship to themselves and one another.

Academic research into The Reader Organisation’s projects has demonstrated statistically significant improvements in the mental health of those suffering mild to moderate depression, reduced agitation for those suffering with dementia, and improved emotional, social and educational wellbeing for women in prison.

 

Booking Information:

Full day delegate, including VAT, lunch and refreshments - £140

Book your place online: http://readerorganisationconference.eventbrite.co.uk

To pay via cheque or invoice, please download and complete this booking form and send, along with your payment, to Abigail Leader: email abigailleader@thereader.org.uk post to The Reader Organisation, The Friary Centre, Bute Street, Liverpool, L3 5LA.

For queries or further information, please contact Abigail:  abigailleader@thereader.org.uk or call 0151 207 7221

Follow @thereaderorg and hashtag #betterwithabook for the latest updates.

 

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation less than or including 21 days before the event – no refund
  • 21-40 days -50%
  • Earlier – full refund.

- See more at: http://www.thereader.org.uk/events/conference.aspx