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Support 4 Housing will be hosting the Read Aloud launch event on the 18th June.
Caroline Lucas MP and Lisa Rodrigues, Chief Executive at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will be attending the launch being held at the BHT offices on London Road, Brighton.
The launch will see the start of a five month project to develop Read Aloud groups in the city and encourage people with mental health problems to read aloud together to improve their health and wellbeing.
The project will be delivered by Collected Works, the organisation behind City Reads (Brighton & Hove’s annual big read) and is funded by the Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme. Each group will be run by trained volunteers under the guidance of mental health professionals.
The aim of the project is to improve the lives of its participants as well as offering mental health professionals and volunteers training and a chance to develop their life skills.
The Read Aloud groups will start reading this year’s City Reads book in June and finish it by October, in time for Big Read. The chosen book will be announced at the end of June.
For more information please contact Guy Hayes on 01273 645427.
Creative reading, such as 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, Principle Librarian, Community West Sussex