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The Reader Organisation

ANNUAL REPORT 201213

Foreword
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ere, in Liverpool, The Reader Organisation has created a new idea, a new social business and a new profession which puts Liverpool graduates into all kinds of places to share reading from a hostel for homeless people to a Tesco Store staffroom, from a primary school hall to a Deloittes boardroom. As a sustainable social business, they will be turning over 1.8M this year in a market that didnt exist until they created it. Whod have imagined that? It was a reader, Jane Davis, growing up in a little pub in Parliament Place at the back of the Anglican Cathedral, who imagined all this was possible. She truanted from Blackburne House School but knew in her bones that stories and poetry were vital for human beings. She remembers Big Bo, a merchant seaman with waist-length blond hair, reciting the poetry of John Donne to a rapturous if slightly drunk audience in the bar of The Little House in 1969. Where did he learn poetry by heart? Not at school, but at sea of course, out in the world. And were all at sea, arent we? Poetry is not just the frilly stuff around the edges. As Big Bo taught Jane, its what makes us most human. The Reader Organisation gets people into reading. As you read this, Dr Clare Ellis, a Liverpool graduate, is walking round Everton, one of the UKs most deprived and illiterate wards, with a shopping trolley full of books. She is getting grans, babies, patients from Dr Abrams surgery, boys in time-out, army veterans and people living with dementia into reading. Shes doing it by chatting to them, reading to them, winning them over one person at a time, one day at a time. Ten years ago when Jane told people what she was going to do hardly anyone believed in her. Theres no market in that, they said. Youll never make that happen. But she and her team have done it Clare and the other 70 Reader staff around the UK are doing it, every day. Readers are astonishingly creative. Danny Boyle and I created the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony from all the thoughts and imagination books had given us over the years. Two Northern lads delighted the world by changing the paradigm and aunting our nations creativity. When Danny put Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, on the Olympic stage at a computer keyboard, I wrote the line This Is For Everyone into the crowd behind him. The web offers us all freedom and power. But reading may be even more powerful than the internet: it gets right inside us and expands our minds. Without being a reader, Sir Tim would never have given us the web. The Reader Organisation has a vision for an International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing here at Calderstones in Liverpool. It will be beautiful and it will be for everyone and it will be the centre of the global reading revolution. The headlines will read Worlds rst mind-expanding centre to be developed in Liverpool. Imagine that! Can you imagine that? Lets work together to make it happen.

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Contents
2Introduction 3 About Us 4Headlines 5 Big Lottery Reader Volunteer Scheme 7 Wirral 10Liverpool 13 Wider North West 15London 17South West 19Scotland

21 Criminal Justice Projects 22RISE 24 Work with the Corporate Sector 25Literary Learning 26 Wider World 27Publications 28Staff, Trustees, Patrons 29 Funders and Commissioners 30Finances

Reader Stories

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On pages 6, 9, 11, 16, 18, 20, 23

DISCLAIMER: For reasons of discretion, photographs are not of actual participants. Photograph credits include Dave Jones, Maria Flores, Jens Mollenwanger, and BUPA.

elcome to The Reader Organisations Annual Report 201213. Though I say it myself, its a good read, so get yourself a cup of tea and settle down somewhere comfortable 2012 was a big year for us, marking the 10-year anniversary of Get Into Reading. Our Birthday Bash at Wallasey Town Hall was a very full and moving event, with lots of friends old and new, plenty of reading and cake and an amazing sense of Look whats happened! With old friends from the very rst group to one side, and new colleagues from the South West on the other, I looked around and wondered how and why shared reading has hit such a resonant spot. Whod have thought wed have a national and international spread! Whod have imagined 10 years would go by! Whod have dreamed wed be in a competitive bidding process for Calderstones Mansion? Before The Reader began, when I was still a teacher in the Continuing Education programme at the University of Liverpool, I was very struck by this thought from Saul Bellows tremendous novel, Herzog. (Do read it!) People are dying, says a night school literature teacher ...for want of something real to take home when day is done. Members of our groups, from Care Homes to High Secure Accommodation, from playgroups to workplaces, in schools and in libraries and cafs, tell us that what they like about shared reading is meeting people they wouldnt otherwise meet, and having serious (and funny) conversations with them, out of and through the books. That turns out to be something real to take home when day is done. Our strapline at Calderstones is Connect with us at Calderstones and I think that sense of connection, which we get from reading together, is the powerful underlying bond that has made such a human success of our project. Im really delighted, looking over this report, to see how much of that reality is going on, and over how much of the UK. And with the advent of our new venture, the creation of an International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing at Calderstones Mansion, in Calderstones Park, Liverpool, I hope that the next ten years will see our mission spread both more widely reaching out across the world - but also more deeply, as we work to bring about a reading revolution, and put books at the heart of all our lives. Our Patron, author Frank Cottrell Boyce, once said that Get Into Reading groups should be like pubs on the dock road, one on every corner. Sitting here in my not yet refurbished bit of office at Calderstones I raise my cup of tea to that. And to my colleagues and our Trustees, our volunteers and our working partners, our funders and supporters, and nally to our readers, who all work so hard to make this happen, every week. A big thank you to you all.

Jane Davis, Founder and Director

Introduction

About Us
MISSION VISION
Our mission is to build a reading revolution. We envisage a world in which everyone has access to great literature, and in which personal responses to books are freely shared in reading communities in every area of life.

USP

Great Literature Connecting People The Reader Organisation is an awardwinning charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature, and each other. Great literature provides us with vital information about being human and opens up our imaginative lives. It gives us a language for meaningful communication, revealing what is both common and unique about our thoughts. We read great literature aloud together: it enables us to connect, coming to new levels of understanding and awareness about our own lives, and those of other people. We believe this experience is vital for everyone. We work to create stimulating, friendly and non-pressured environments, where shared meanings are established across social, educational and cultural boundaries.

Get Into Reading 10th Anniversary

September 2012 marked 10 years since the beginnings of our shared reading project, Get Into Reading, and celebrations ran throughout the month. Group members and our online audience were given a chance to tell us their favourite Get Into Reading memories and books they had read, as well as sharing what being part of a Get Into Reading group means to them. The celebrations culminated in a big party at Wallasey Town Hall, Wirral, not too far from where it all started with the rst Get Into Reading group at St James Library. 300 attendees tucked into cake, listened to inspiring and uplifting presentations from volunteers and staff, and received goodie bags to take home.

Dementia Research

In May 2012, the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems (CRILS) at the University of Liverpool published their rst research report into shared reading groups for people living with Dementia. The major conclusion from sources both qualitative and quantitative indicates that the shared reading group activity produced a signicant reduction in dementia symptoms. Specically, the report found strong indications that the power of a literary language can both trigger relevant past experiences and prompt fresh acts of thought.

Calderstones Mansion House

Apprenticeship for Life Campaign

Following a competitive process, in January 2013 we secured Preferred Bidder status for The Mansion House, Coach House & Stable Yard in Calderstones Park, from Liverpool City Council. Our vision is to bring the buildings back to life as The International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing. This will be for everyone; we want people of all ages and backgrounds to read, learn, play, make new friends and nd new opportunities, in a beautiful and inspiring place. We will develop the buildings in phases and expect to be fully operational by 2016.

Leasowe Library

The Reader Organisation is committed to providing creative, supportive and sustainable apprenticeship opportunities to young people, in particular those leaving care, helping to give them the best start in life and move towards independence. This year, our community fundraising campaign raised over 19,000 in support of this, well exceeding our initial target of 14,000. TRO staff and volunteers conquered the Three Peaks Challenge, ran 5k dressed as Father Christmas in Liverpools annual Santa Dash, recited poetry by heart and much more. Everyone at The Reader Organisation would like to say a huge thank you to those who donated their time and money to support this life-changing cause, which enabled us to offer a new apprenticeship opportunity within our Wirral team to Zoe Jermy.

In October 2012, The Reader Organisation secured funding from Wirral Public Health to develop a new library model at Leasowe Library. The purpose of the pilot project is to see how the inviting, non-stigmatised, non-clinical community space that a community library represents could be adapted to provide a new service focused on the delivery of activity which would build public engagement and reduce health and education inequalities. Since the project has launched, 77% of participants have reported they use the library more regularly due to the new activities delivered there. A full evaluation of the project will be published in the coming months.

PQASSO Stage One

After completing a rigorous preparation and review process we achieved Stage One of the PQASSO Quality Mark, a quality standard designed specically for third sector organisations which assesses governance, service delivery and monitoring systems. The PQASSO kitemark provides external verication of The Reader Organisations credibility and determination to produce the best possible experience for those with whom we read and work.

Get Into Reading North Wales

In October 2012, following successful partnership work between The Reader Organisation and Library Services from across North Wales, The Reader Organisation secured 236k to develop Get Into Reading across the region. Over the next three years The Reader Organisation will establish 36 new Get Into Reading groups in a range of locations including libraries, community centres and schools. During the three years we will train 72 individuals to deliver shared reading groups, providing long-term sustainability for the project.

The Reader Organisation is a most inspiring organisation staffed by people with a passion for reading and passion for community and personal development. It and its people have an impressive commitment to a very high quality of both practice and outcome for service users. PQASSO Peer Reviewer

Headlines

Big Lottery Volunteer Reader Scheme


We owe much to our Volunteering Programme. There are now more than 60 volunteers working with The Reader Organisation in Wirral. They make an invaluable contribution running weekly shared reading sessions in Wirral Care Homes, assisting TRO staff running reading groups, helping with office based tasks and as Reading Friends, reading one-to-one with housebound people in their own homes. Lindsey Dyer, Wirral and North Wales Project Manager

ince last year, our Big Lottery Funded Volunteer Reader Scheme has continued to expand throughout Merseyside. The project provides a range of volunteer opportunities including facilitating Get Into Reading sessions in care homes for older people. The volunteers for the project are drawn from vulnerable groups experiencing or at risk of experiencing mental illness, worklessness or social isolation, and therefore the project has two sets of beneciaries the volunteers and the older people they work with. The scheme sits alongside numerous other volunteering opportunities at The Reader Organisation, including our dynamic project in partnership with Barnet Libraries, which supports trained volunteers to lead shared reading groups in community settings across the borough. The roles we offer increase skills, wellbeing and self-condence, enabling volunteers to enhance their employability and inclusion whilst aiming to have a positive effect on mental health. Evaluation of our Volunteer Reader Scheme in Merseyside illustrated the difference the project makes: on taking up a volunteer role, after 6 months, 81% of those asked agreed Ive made friends, and 78% that they had a greater sense of wellbeing, demonstrating the success of the project in reducing isolation and connecting people with their communities. For the older people being read to, some suffering from dementia, the project has had a demonstrable effect on their health feedback from the rst year of the project has been overwhelmingly positive.

The Reader Organisation is currently working on an organisation-wide Volunteer Strategy, which will enable us to offer many more quality volunteering opportunities across the organisation.

Reader Story
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rst joined a Get Into Reading group when she was receiving psychiatric treatment in hospital. Some new medication had enabled M to sleep at night time, which meant that for the rst time in many years she was looking to get involved in more things. The reason M wanted to volunteer was because of her experience in Get Into Reading: The group dynamics were great, the people I encountered were enthused, I wanted to join the bandwagon! There seemed to be a momentum that I wanted to be part of. M completed the Care Home Readers training course, and loved the training. It is rare to receive training that I could immediately put to use. Id been on lots of courses, but none where I was able to use what Id learnt straight away. Shortly after the course nished M was placed with another volunteer to run a group for frail older people in a care home. It is this that has brought her the most pleasure. I love seeing the older people I get a buzz off them. They are so stoic. I hope that what we do is a breath of fresh air for them. I know that the volunteering does give me structure in my week and has beneted me in that way but the real benet to me is seeing the people [care home residents] it is wonderful pleasant, settling, warming.

Wirral
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irral Council and Wirral NHS have funded our work in the borough for the past 6 years. The place that was home to the rst ever Get Into Reading group now has readers ranging in age from 4100, including looked-after children, carers, people with mental and physical health problems, dementia, learning disabilities, homeless people, and those who are otherwise isolated, and wanting to make friends and enjoy reading together. 10 team members delivered 111 groups and one-to- one sessions each week, reaching 650 people.

Commissions and Projects:


Health and Wellbeing Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust Wirral NHS Wirral Drug and Alcohol Action Team Community Wirral Libraries, funded by Wirral Council Forum Housing Older People Delivery in Care Homes across Wirral funded by Wirral NHS and supported by our Big Lottery Funded Volunteer Programme Young People Reading one-to-one with looked-after children, funded by JP Getty Charitable Trust Reader-in-Residence at Egremont Primary School Reader-in-Residence at Woodchurch High School Reader-in-Residence at St Annes Primary School

I like this shop I dont want to leave! Peculiar Pop-Up Shop Attendee

A retrospective analysis undertaken in August 2012 found that amongst group members in Wirral
96% were meeting people who they would not usually 90% were more condent about taking part in group 85% were more likely to share a book with friends or
discussions family members 79% were more positive about life 77% were more able to relax 72% were reading more demanding books and poems 65% used their library more regularly meet in their day to day life

In focus: Partnerships with Housing Associations and Shelters


e continue to develop great partnerships with other local organisations, including work with people who are homeless at The Ark and YMCA homeless shelters, and a project with Forum Housing Association which helps 1625 year olds in housing need. Partnerships such as these help us reach out to people who need both a book and a bed. At Forum Housing, shared reading compliments the support and provision provided and helps young parents to develop their relationship with reading, with literature also providing a way of exploring their experiences, as this account of a group illustrates: In the living room of a downstairs at, we had just nished singing nursery rhymes with an attentive and gurgling Bobby. R, Bobbys mum, really enjoyed drama and music at school and loves singing and reading aloud to her son. Our weekly visits provide her with the opportunity, motivation and resources to practise her

skills. It is clear how much they both enjoy the experience. This particular Wednesday, we nished the session, as usual, with a selection of adult poems. I read aloud Song for a Young Mother by E.J. Scovell. When I nished, R, without any prompting, read the last verse again, slowly: So you learn from my arm You have substance and a house So I learn from your birth That I am not vague and wild But as solid as my child And as constant as the earth. She then said: That was me, before Bobby was born. I was a wild child, always getting into trouble. (R attended two secondary schools including an assessment at The Wirral Pupil Referral Unit.) But as soon as B was born I knew I had to be his earth, his home; constant like it says. I am going to put that as my status on Facebook.

In focus: The Peculiar PopUp Story Shop

upported by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Councils Empty Shops Fund, in July 2012 The Reader Organisation transformed a disused shop in Seacombe into an interactive Creativity Camp and Imagination Station, offering a full week of free reading and related activities to children from the local area. The event included drama workshops, a visit from the herpetological society who brought creatures including snakes, lizards and various creepy crawlies, a cooking day to promote healthy eating, creative workshops and much more, all underpinned with stories and games.

'We cant thank you enough, its been so nice for her to have something like this. Shes been carrying on with her pictures and writing every night when shes come home, and shes been so condent in everything shes doing, shes not usually like that.'


Parent of a Peculiar Pop Up Shop attendee

Reader Story
comes from a very difficult family situation and is currently trying to nd ways to separate herself from patterns that have happened within her life to date. Her experiences have included the serious illness of a family member, an involvement with both selling and taking drugs, and a severe mental breakdown. Reception staff at the centre in which the library is located introduced us, thinking L would nd the groups and activities in the library of great benet. It took a while before L trusted me enough to attend the sessions we spent a lot of time just talking outside of sessions and sharing a cup of tea and some jokes before L was ready to give it a go. I felt L come alive in the sessions. We had been reading lots of short stories and poetry but when L joined the group it was established enough to start a novel. We began reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and L remembered they had started to read it while she was at school. She said I remember this sounding like it was going to be a good book, but I couldnt settle then. They all had me down as a trouble maker anyway because of my family name. L feels attending the groups have provided her with a chance to talk about her thoughts and feelings through the stories and books we read, and have made her feel that she now has the ability to get involved in things instead of hanging back as she used to do. She recently told me You cant talk about feelings in my family. You cant cry like Im crying now. I was brought up different to that. L greatly enjoys the sessions saying It is great that we can think about our lives through books, and you can see after you have read a passage or a poem a few times it starts to make more sense, and then you apply it to yourself. During a recent session L was very taken with a line from a poem by Arthur Hugh Clough: If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars. L had been speaking about how much she would like to return to education and get the grades she should have got at school so that she could train to become a counsellor and help other people who have suffered through drug addiction. She then admitted that she is fearful that she would never be able to afford to study and full this dream, and that she probably wasnt bright enough. But a positive change came over her when she recalled the line she had been so taken with, and perhaps recognised herself to be capable of more than she anticipated.

Liverpool
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ur work in Liverpool, Knowsley and Halton is neighbourhood focussed and very diverse, reecting the range of funding sources through which it is supported. We have community-intensive projects in Toxteth and Everton, a focus on older people in Halton and Knowsley, and a city-wide project reading with looked-after children. Our strategic aim is to build from these toward a more integrated whole population project, reaching people of all ages across the area; changes in primary care health funding present us with challenges and opportunities. We have secured ongoing funding for our care home work from Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group. In 201213 we ran 34 sessions reaching an average of 272 people per week.

Commissions and Projects


Everton Family Project, funded by the Lloyds TSB
Foundation and Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Service Toxteth Library, funded by Liverpool PCT Knowsley Care Homes, funded by Knowsley PCT Well Read, funded by Liverpool PCT Halton Care Homes, funded by Halton Borough Council Upstairs@83, funded by the Limbourne Trust Liverpool Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service Roots Mental Health Day Centre, Everton

We also provided 12 one-to-one reading sessions with Looked After Children as part of our Liverpool and Wirral LAC project, funded by JP Getty Charitable Trust. The project sees The Reader Organisation working with Liverpool Looked After Children Education Services and the fostering team to receive referrals and develop the project. We have read with 17 young people through this project over the course of the year, and a Get Into Reading group for foster carers has also been running.

he aim of this project has been to create a culture of reading for pleasure in the community and family home at a local level within Everton. Parents who have attended the weekly Magical StoryTime sessions in the area with their children have reported increased levels of condence when reading to their child at home, as well as improved social interaction and relationships with their children as a result of their shared experience in the weekly community story time sessions. The project also works to give parents a supportive space in which they can enjoy reading for pleasure for themselves, running a number of adult open Get Into Reading groups. Learning to love and appreciate literature as individuals as well as for their children further strengthens the projects aims.

In Focus: Everton Family Project

I just think it is brilliant for the kids to help bring them along a little bit more and to come out of themselves a bit of condence The kids go home and do the songs when I sing to her at home and do the songs there shes just dead quiet looking at me because she remembers sitting there and doing them at Magical StoryTime. Feedback on Magical StoryTime from discussion with local parents, October 2012

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Reader Story
Nicky and her children Ben and Katie live in Everton.

icky was at the gates of her childs primary school one morning when I told her about Magical StoryTime, the reading and craft session The Reader Organisation runs at the school as part of the Everton Family Project. Nicky was with her young son, Ben, who is seven months old, and they both came in to see what it was like Nicky has attended almost every session with Ben and Bens dad since. She also began attending the parents group at Whiteeld Primary School and the adult group at Breck Road Library as well as bringing her daughter, Katie, to the Family Story Time group at the library. Nicky has spoken publicly about how much condence the reading group has given her, saying that she has loved making new friends and read stories she would never have read outside of the group. Nicky tells me Katie loves story time, its so nice to be able to take her to different things outside of school. Katies love of reading has ourished whilst I am reading stories to the group, she enjoys sitting at the front with her own book, holding it so that everyone can see and chatting away pretending to read the book. Nicky says she does that at home; we have story time at home! With the project being so family-focused and based on the Get Into Reading model, it is great that I can choose reading material based on the children and not the curriculum. For example, as I know Katie loves giraffes, this means I can chose books and colouring sheets that include her favourite animal. When I read a story with a giraffe in recently, Katie kept running to her mum and shouting Look! Giraffe! Katie is being assessed for autism it is brilliant to see her engaging with the books and interacting with the other children something she sometimes nds difficult in other situations. The other day Nicky said to me Katie is really excited today because she knows its story time after school.

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In Focus: Hope Readers

I found it hugely inspirational and I will denitely encourage my children to read for pleasure and embrace stories, rather than using them so much to nd words and answer comprehension questions. Reading is a treat and should be built in on a daily basis regardless I'm so glad I had the opportunity to come to this conference. Thank you. Representatives from Walker Books, the UKs independent childrens book publisher, delivered a presentation to conference delegates and also remained on campus to speak with Education students about the power of great childrens ction.
In the end of year survey, we asked students a number of retrospective questions, asking them to reect on a number of statements in relation to how they felt now and at the beginning of the year.

his was the second year of delivery in this three-year Reader-in-Residence project at Liverpool Hope University, which aims to build a culture of shared reading and reading for pleasure throughout the university campus and community. The main area of focus for the project has been in the Faculty of Education, where we delivered weekly reading sessions with all 180 rst-year students on the BA QTS (Qualied Teacher Status) Primary course. The students attended Get Into Reading sessions in groups of ten, with the aim of supporting their own personal reading and developing their ideas around how this related to their chosen career path. 20 reading sessions ran on a weekly basis (including open groups with students from other faculties), making a total of 234 reading group sessions held across the 18 weeks of project delivery. Complementary additional events have been organised throughout the year, including a keynote lecture at the start of the academic year by honorary Professor of Reading and Communication at Hope, author Frank Cottrell Boyce, and lm director Danny Boyle, who spoke to the students about the books that had built them, and how literature had inuenced the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. In December 2012 we held a Reading for Pleasure in Schools conference, designed for education staff from Hope partner schools interested in nding out more about The Reader Organisation, our work with children and young people, and our future plans in Education. The conference was a great day, with a varied and engaging mix of sessions, presentations and speakers, and feedback from delegates was exceptional:

69% are more condent taking part in group discussion 57% are more condent at reading aloud
since the start of the group

I have to read so many books for my course almost a book a week sometimes. I do love it, and I love reading but sometimes its just overwhelming and you cant enjoy it. But reading it like this, a bit every week and talking about it, I feel like Im actually living the story. K, a rst year English student in an open group, reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

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Wider North West


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01213 was a big year for the Mental Health North West Team, with many new commissions increasing our coverage of the area.

Commissions and Projects:


Reader-in-Residence, Mersey Care Mental Health Trust Reader-in-Residence, 5 Boroughs Partnership Trust Reader-in-Residence, Greater Manchester West Mental
Health Trust.

Halfway through the year we won a commission from the North West Strategic Health Authority to bring Get Into Reading to mental health settings from Carlisle to Chester, in the six trusts where we did not have existing projects: Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust, Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria Partnership Trust, Manchester Health and Social Care Trust, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, and Lancashire Mental Health Trust. Over the year we ran a total of 75 sessions, reaching approximately 375 people a week, based on a sector average of 5 members per group.

he chief aim of the project was to improve service user experience and wellbeing, through the provision of 24 weekly shared reading sessions (4 in each trust), over a period of 6 months. The short timescale meant that the projects needed to be able to progress quickly, and this, together with the wide geographical footprint, made the project a real test of TROs capacity and exibility. The project was almost universally greeted with enthusiasm within the Trusts, and staff at all levels were incredibly generous in helping us plan, recruit and deliver the groups. As a result, we did manage to reach and exceed our targets for group and beneciary numbers. Evaluation outcomes also exceeded expectations, often by as much as 10%. Given that the intention of the project was to improve service user experience by reducing boredom and offering meaningful activity, certain statistics stand out:

In focus: The 'Strategic Health Authority 6 Project'

100% reported that they enjoyed the stories and poems 98% said they had been given the chance to take part in interesting discussions 84% said that reading had improved their mood.

'Its like tidying your mind up; brushing it out.' Resident from Brideoake Care Home

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Wigan
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ork across the Wigan Borough has been varied and high impact. We reached approximately 80 people per week through the following projects: Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT (now Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Clinical Commissioning Group): We were pleased to receive this commission to set up a 3-month project across ve Care Homes in the Wigan Borough. The project was part of the Trusts Dementia Demonstrator Pilot and aimed to demonstrate how shared reading could have an impact on dementia symptoms. Five read aloud groups were set up with ve members of staff undergoing A Little, Aloud training so that the groups would become sustainable and part of the activity programme offered in each care home. GP Surgery Project: This group at the Atherton Surgery, part of the Dr Alistair Partnership, has initially been set up using funding from Wigan Council. In order to ensure that the group could continue, Dr Alistair Thompson and Making Space have jointly funded a group to run at the surgery for a year. Making Space offer CCBT from the surgery and are going to refer clients on to the reading group. We will monitor the progress of these clients over the coming year.

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London
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he year 20122013 has seen successful one-year projects leading to our rst three-year commission and a three-year grant. We increased delivery from 34 shared reading sessions each week to 58, reaching over 350 people in community, in-patient mental health, elderly care and criminal justice settings.

Commissions and Projects:


Health and Mental Health Improving adult wellbeing in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon, where we also work with library services and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Supporting community mental health services in Southwark Working within the Forensic service of the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, including Broadmoor hospital Improving adult well-being in Kensington and Chelsea, with Inner North West London PCTs, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust Supporting the work of the wellbeing service within HMP Wormwood Scrubs with Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Community-based projects A volunteer-led project in Barnet delivering groups in libraries, community settings, and a care home A Reader-in-Residence across Tower Hamlets, working with Idea Stores and Libraries, an asylum and refugee support organisation, and an older peoples service

In focus: West London Mental Health NHS Trust

e began working with the Trust in January 2012, so this year has seen the project becoming established. The focus is on Forensic Service people who have been involved with the criminal justice system, but need mental health support or treatment. We have delivered shared reading groups and one-to-one sessions for men in isolation at Broadmoor Hospital, and in mens and womens wards in the Forensic Service in Ealing. Groups have read Down and Out in London and Paris by George Orwell, Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, My Left Foot by Christy Brown and Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. We have seen people go from being uninterested, to enjoying reading one-to-one, to then moving onto a ward and being keen to join the group there.

poverty in Barcelona as well as living the high life there. We have also trained 16 staff across both sites, many of whom are now delivering reading groups themselves while we begin groups on other wards. An Occupational Therapist conducted a formal assessment of participants in one group, using the Assessment of Interaction and Communication Skills (ACIS) model, an observational assessment that gathers data on the skills people demonstrate when communicating and interacting with others in occupation, rated on a scale of 14. His ndings were that peoples concentration improved, interactions became more appropriate, there was increased focus on the text and related conversation, and more willingness to read and share personal responses to the texts. The project has been re-commissioned for three years.

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A project reading records: We had a very successful session today. P really enjoyed reminiscing about his own time in

Reader Story
G
describes himself as an intensely creative person; an artist and sculptor, a lithographer and designer among other things. At one point he had his own gallery and several studios and a large town house. Then some years ago G experienced a family collapse which brought him to London, and a subsequent mental breakdown. He grieves the lack of work space for his creative endeavours but nonetheless he continues his creative engagement, although it remains a struggle. G makes sure he always has lots of activity in his life to try to keep his mind healthy, but he nds the important and difficult things always remain on his mind, even when he is busy. In the Feel better with a book group G nds that he has a chance to talk about things if you dont talk about them and hear yourself speaking about it, it will stay in your head and you cant get to a resolution. In the reading group we talk about things that people dont usually talk about. Recently we read The Place Where we are Right by Yehuda Amichai: 'From the place where we are right / owers will never grow / in the spring.' G questioned the idea of this place was it where we are right or where we feel right? A place, an idea or a feeling? This helped the group to think of it as something inside of us, rather than a physical place. Another group member pictured it as a door that is shut, and when we open it we can be open to new ideas. The group talked about growing or developing, and how insisting on being right all the time might stop this from happening. At the end G said It feels like we have discovered something here today, together. G says he has a great longing for words, but if he had looked at that poem by himself he probably would have put it down. Reading it in a group enabled him to get to the heart of the poem. This process we go through in the group also helps G to think of the poem in a personal way it illuminates things that are going on in our personal lives it connects to things. When we read this way, G sometimes is able to share his personal feelings and experiences with the group. G says that the Feel Better with a Book group is different to other activities he has attended in the past. He has spoken of the prevalence of anger in many groups aimed at helping individuals with mental health problems. G says that this anger often comes rst in front of everything, and it gets in the way. He has found that these issues can destroy a group and any good work it might do, but that doesnt happen here. In its focus on the literature being read, Get Into Reading provides the means through which G can reect on things in his own time, in a group of people that help him to do so.

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South West
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his year, we focused on providing a range of open community-based groups, building up Get Into Reading groups for adult mental health prevention, support and recovery. Working in partnership with libraries to embed our work as part of their Health and Wellbeing objectives, we have established 16 on-going library-based groups across Cornwall, Devon and Plymouth. Pilot projects included work at Glenbourne Clinic, and we received a commission from Learning for Carers. These developments enabled us to work with an array of established and newer care organisations in Plymouth. Many of the individuals we engaged through this project are now keen members of our library groups. During 201213 we ran up to 26 weekly sessions, consistently reaching over 100 different people each week. 5 groups have now established a regular attendance of 10 or more individuals. People are travelling over 50 miles from remote areas to attend groups.

Commissions and Projects:


Reading Together in Devon Reader-in-Residence project across Devon Libraries, including 5 Library Memory Groups and 7
Feel Better with a Book groups 3 Community Reading groups in Plymouth Libraries, funded by Plymouth City Council Recovery Pilot at Glenbourne Clinic 4 pilot groups for carers in Plymouth, funded by Learning for Carers I Newton Ferrers Reading Room group 4 Feel Better with a Book Groups, funded by Cornwall Rural Community Council 1 Feel Better with a Book group at Bodmin Library, Cornwall 1 Library Memory group in Yeovil, Somerset A 3-site Mental Health Recovery project for Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust and Dorset Mental Health Forum

My number of visits to the doctor has drastically reduced we used to struggle to nd a free day to go to Truro there were so many red circles on the calendar! Derek, Bodmin Library Group
We have been raising awareness as to how Get Into Reading meets the Five Ways to Wellbeing, both locally and nationally, through radio slots and a lm.

In focus: Glenbourne Clinic

Staff and residents were very positive about the enthusiastic response to a 7 week pilot at the acute hospital for adults suffering from mental health problems. Attendance to the group reached 11 at its highest, and never dropped below 6, attracting 25 different participants overall. The rst comment made by a group member was: You know, I have been here for 3 weeks, and this is the rst time I have been able to concentrate on anything. The level and quality of participation and sharing was inspiring, and it is hoped the project will strengthen our position for further clinical commissioning and medical referral.

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Reader Story
P
auline has attended the reading group in the library from its second session. A group for those with memory loss and their carers, it was an appealing prospect for her and her husband Daniel to nd such an opportunity in their town, and also within walking distance of their home. Both in their early 70s with an extended family, life has presented them with a new challenge. Pauline, a retired accountant and once expert needlewoman, who used to be very much a part of the local W.I., craft groups and the Third Eye University, has a form of dementia that affects her memory, co-ordination, speech and her ability to focus. Despite Daniels vouching for Pauline as a great reader in the rst session, she can no longer follow print for a long period of time and nds the printed page difficult to read. Finding such an accessible group has been important for them both, but for Pauline it means she is meeting other people who have difficulties in the ways she does, and who all, over time, feel comfortable and able to read aloud and discuss and enjoy the poems and stories shared. Pauline has also tried to read a few lines of poems, often with her husband supporting her. Particularly heartening for her and for the group as a whole is the attentiveness of the others as they listen. Spontaneous applause has broken out at points, when Pauline has tried pronounce an especially challenging word. When reading Keatss A Thing of Beauty, the lingering effect of the rst few lines hugely enhanced her reading aloud of the rst verse paragraph: A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. The patience and supportive listening of the rest of the group cannot be underestimated in terms of encouraging Paulines participation. While discussion of the literature and the feelings and memories it conjures previously prompted just a smile or a few words to her husband beside her, there has recently been a noticeable shift. Reading Charlottes Web by E.B. White, and reecting on Wilbur the pig in the story, we talked of him as a runt, something which Pauline related to. She spoke of herself as being premature and then laughed. She often laughs with the story, but she is also now revealing memories of herself and her family that often silence the others and provoke their support. At the end of each session she likes to shake my hand or give me a hug and always thanks me.

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Scotland
he Tudor Trust funded Reader-in-Residence transition project in Glasgow schools has continued into its second year reading with children at the top end of primary school, P6 & P7, and continuing as they cross over into secondary education, S1 & S2. In addition to the Get Into Reading groups during term time, there have also been groups in the summer holidays, one-off groups with parents and an author visit from Frank Cottrell Boyce. Due to the success of the project, the Reader in Residence has been asked to present at a range of Education Scotland events highlighting the impact of Get Into Reading to other school and government gures. 19 sessions were delivered over the year reaching an average of 123 individuals each week and 303 people in total.

he second year in St Mungos Academy has seen the focus shift to transition as group members move up schools for the rst time. Children who have been earmarked as likely to struggle with the change, be it emotionally or academically, have found great comfort in having a xture from primary school come up with them. During the 4 one-to-one and 6 group sessions each week new friendships have been made as children from different primary schools mix together. Staff and parents alike have commented on how much the children speak glowingly about their experiences and want to share a poem, play or story with them outside of the group.

Our children thoroughly look forward to the time spent reading with Patrick. They have shown far more interest in reading in class and in taking books home to read. They have grown in condence and have been able to contribute to class discussions on a level never seen before with these children. Here in St. Annes, staff and pupils alike nd Patricks enthusiasm and knowledge of reading inspirational and the work he is doing with our children invaluable. Marie Hamilton, Principal Teacher, St Annes Primary School

In focus: St Mungo's Academy

Ive never nished a book before but that was dyno. Can we read the next one? T, an S1 boy in St Mungos Academy

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Reader Story
K
takes part in a one-to-one reading session in school. He is quiet and shy generally in school and has had a turbulent family background. Ks coping tactic to the turmoil around him appeared to be to withdraw and distance himself from his surroundings. He was on the fringes of many of his classes and would rarely appear focused on anything. Initially, any attempt at conversation in our reading sessions produced a startled look, a puffing out of cheeks and I dunno. However, in the security of the Get Into Reading sessions, K always volunteered to read. Despite declining to engage in any chat about the story at rst, K clearly enjoyed The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle, as he laughed out loud at parts of the text, even when he was reading. The rst time that this happened K was extremely apologetic, seemingly anxious that I would reprimand him for not focusing on reading. However, he soon saw that I was joining in with the laughter. After I reminded him that nding fun in the stories and poems was what the sessions were about he visibly relaxed, sitting more contentedly in his chair, smiling and, for the rst time, making eye contact with me. Over the year we went on to read several short stories, The Savage by David Almond and poetry by Michael Rosen, Roger McGough, Philip Larkin and even Shakespeare. After Christmas we began Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyle; a story that would prove to be particularly resonant with K as, like the character of Noah, he too had once run away from home to escape his fears about the turmoil around him. K began talking more and more when we broke from the reading and it became a great outlet for him. One particular week, without any prompting, he said, This may sound strange but I loved my dog. He then went on to elaborate that his dog had been his best friend at home before having to give it up because his dad couldnt afford to keep it any more. There was no sadness in Ks voice when we spoke about this, it was all matter of fact, but I dont think he had ever expressed to anybody how important that dog was to him. When he heard that I knew lots of people who loved their dogs and that I had loved my pets too he started reminiscing about the positive memories he had of being with him. For K, the sessions provide a vital space where once a week he can make sense of everything around him and, through reading, discover that other people have had similar experiences and anxieties as him. Finding solidarity and having somebody to share his feelings with has been an immense comfort to K.

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Criminal Justice Projects 21

hen asked for a contribution for the comments wall at our 10th anniversary celebrations, one man wrote: 'This group has inspired me and taken me to another planet. He was then in the Healthcare centre at HMP Liverpool. Nervous at rst about joining the discussion and scared, because of his dyslexia, of reading aloud, Stuart had become condent and animated, taking obvious pleasure from reading aloud. Stuart was moved to another prison, but when, in February, our groups discussion of The Darkling Thrush, a poem by Thomas Hardy, was featured in the prison newspaper, Inside Time, we heard from Stuart. He wrote to Pete, another long-lasting member of the group. It was the letter of one friend to another, full of affection and reminiscence. Tell Amanda Im still reading, he wrote. But not out loud, as theres no shared reading group here. Well not yet, although TRO Project Workers have run 23 shared reading groups reaching, on average, over 130 people a week, in the following criminal justice settings:

Womens prisons
HMP Hydebank Wood HMP Low Newton HMP Styal

Young Offenders Institutes


YOI Reading YOI Hindley

Mens prisons

Probation trusts

Greater Manchester Probation Trust

HMP Liverpool HMP Kennet HMP Manchester HMP Wormwood Scrubs

Criminal Justice Initiatives in the Community


Educational Shakespeare Company, Belfast Liverpool Womens Turnaround Project Tomorrows Women Wirral.

We have continued to train professionals in criminal justice settings, including Read to Lead courses for staff at HMP Cardiff and HMP Parc. That these shared reading groups are making a difference seems clear from the feedback we receive. 89% of those in the four shared reading groups at HMP Liverpool agreed that, as a result of attending their group, they had been able to form relationships with people whose personal circumstances or cultural backgrounds were completely different to their own. A focus group at one of the Approved Premises hostels in Greater Manchester, emphasised this: Its not just the reading, its socialising, said one man. Im not good in groups, added another. Im a bit of a loner. This has helped me. A pilot study by Professor Jude Robinson, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool and Dr Josie Billington, Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems (CRILS), University of Liverpool into the effects of two shared reading groups at HMP Low Newton will be published November 2013. We are in the rst stages of an extensive new commission from the Personality Disorder Team, which provides a Reader in Residence at HMP Frankland and HMP Low Newton as well as a Reader in Residence in each of the seven Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPEs) across the country. In this important new development, as in all our projects, our aim is to enable offenders and ex-offenders to nd meaningful structure and new ways of understanding their own stories through shared reading.

RISE
year-long Arts Council funded pilot project, RISE (Reading in Secure Environments) brings contemporary writers of excellence to public literature festivals and to criminal justice and secure mental health settings where Reader Organisation shared reading groups meet. RISE is a collaboration between TRO and key literature festivals across the UK. The rst RISE events were in October 2012 with collaborations with Manchester Literature Festival and Durham Book Festival. At Manchester Jackie Kay read with women prisoners at HMP Styal, and Joe Dunthorne visited an approved premises of Greater Manchester Probation Trust, while Inua Ellams read with teenagers in the Gardener unit of Prestwich hospital. As part of Durham Book Festival, Jean Sprackland and Michael Stewart visited HMP Low Newton before their public performances. In November Pulitzer prize winning poet Philip Schultz visited HMP Kennet as part of Sefton Celebrates Writing festival, organised by Writing on the Wall. Up to the end of March 2013, 187 people had attended a RISE secure event while 219 people had attended RISE public events. As well as appearing at secure environments and festivals, participating writers have also contributed work that has appeared in print, in The Reader magazine, and online on The Reader Organisations blogs. We are also in the process of making a lm about the project.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the men of HMP Kennet. [.] Ill never forget the men I met there, how earnest and self-aware they seemed, how completely devoid of pretence or expectation. I was completely won over. It was a 90 minute event that lasted over two hours and I found myself both moved and engaged by everything I experienced there. Ive visited prisons before, writing workshops, and have read my work there, but this experience was clearly different, I think because of the warmth and openness of the men and the dedication of The Reader Organisation which went to the great trouble of bringing me there. Philip Schultz on his visit to HMP Kennet, November 2012 Inspirationally Beautiful A prisoner on Jackie Kays visit to HMP Styal, October 2012.

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Reader Story
on is a new arrival the Health Care Centre in HMP Liverpool, somewhere The Reader Organisation has worked for several years. He is giving it a go at the Get Into Reading group, who at the time were reaching the end of Good Will by Jane Smiley. He was scathing about Smileys long-winded prose, but stayed, following both text and discussion intently. My eyes icked constantly to him, gauging his reactions as we read the passages describing a house re: Dons hands and arms and forehead were red and blistered. He seemed unaffected by the re chief's account. Not me this time, he said, smiling. When I read the poem, Incendiary by Vernon Scannell, Don looked up. The poem talks about a boy who sets a farm alight, ending with the reection that he would have been content with one warm kiss/Had there been anyone to offer this, and the implication that the re could therefore have been avoided. This poem is me, said Don. Three months ago I was so alone, so isolated, that I couldn't go on. I set re to the gas mains. Now I look back and think what did I do that for? But at the time, I was desperate. I couldn't be with anyone no good in groups. This is the rst time I've been able to be in a group. I used to nip out to the convenience store at night to avoid people. I was in a bad way. Another man, Martin, turned to him. I know what that's like. I did what you did doused myself with petrol. The police were outside with a megaphone. I was about to use my lighter and suddenly thought bloody hell what have I done! The two men nodded at each other. The poem has given them a way to connect.

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Tesco

A Little, Aloud training has given Tesco Community Champions a valuable tool with which to engage their community on a deep and meaningful level. The project has provided benecial shared experiences for older people across the UK, improving the quality of Tescos community engagement programme. 40 Tesco Community Champions took part in A Little Aloud workshops over the year, gaining the skills and condence to deliver one to one shared reading sessions in their local community. Engaging up to 100 people every week, weekly and fortnightly shared reading sessions were delivered by Tesco staff in:

Work with the Corporate Sector

14 Residential Care Homes 2 Sheltered Housing Communities 4 Age Concern/ Carers Break day centres An M S Society Centre Several Memory Cafs A centre for Blind and Partially Sighted people A local church group A Mental Health drop-in centre Several local libraries

Participation in the project was shown to be improving the condence, communication skills and personal wellbeing of Tesco Community Champions. Feedback from staff, customers and the wider community has been outstanding;

100% of staff agreed that the skills gained would strengthen their community engagement 100% felt that the workshop should be available to all Champions 100% were more likely to read aloud in their care home 100% felt they would personally benet from regularly attending a shared reading group

Bupa

From May to November 2012, The Reader Organisation delivered a six month Get Into Reading project within three Bupa care homes in Glasgow; Hill View in Dalmuir, Golf Hill in Denniston and Mill View in Barrhead. Building upon a 2011 pilot project that took place with Bupa in Liverpool and London, this partnership project aimed to create a sustainable culture of shared reading within these three care homes in Glasgow. TRO also provided a one day A Little, Aloud workshop for up to nine people, in order to give Bupa care home staff and volunteers the opportunity to develop the condence and skills required to deliver their own shared reading sessions beyond the sixth month duration of the project.

I really like it. I like the sharing, joining in. I'm sure others just like me have got poems that they like. Poetry can be solitary, but this is great to share. Moira, Hill View Care Home Resident

I think this project enhances our residents lives. When you are in that situation, reading with them, the residents just seem to really come to life; they discuss the poem and it brings back a lot of memories for them and group discussion it is fantastic to see them nding their own voice. Bupa Staff Member, Hill View Care Home

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Literary Learning
In 201213 we ran:

89% of this years participants rated Read to Lead as 85% agree that the course was an investment in their own 86% say that shared reading will have a positive impact on 98% of A Little, Aloud Workshop participants would
recommend the course to a friend or colleague. their work outside of the reading groups. wellbeing. Excellent.

29 Read to Lead courses 12 open Masterclasses 9 A Little, Aloud Workshops 8 special workshops for Tesco Community Champions 3 Short Courses for Serious Readers 2 Stories for You and Yours Workshops 2 Student Volunteer Programmes 5 specially commissioned Masterclasses

In total, we engaged with 618 people, in locations including Warrington, Manchester, Gwynedd, London, Wirral, Hereford, Manchester, Liverpool, Antwerp, Lancaster, Cumbria, Hull, Bradford, Cardiff, Glasgow, Monmouth, Stockton, Kent, Exeter, Denmark, Edinburgh, Derry, Belfast, Birmingham and Newcastle, and in venues including Broadmoor Hospital, Kensington Palace and Dartington Hall in Devon.

Read to Lead is an invitation into literary thinking. Don't rush, let the book work. Read to Lead Antwerp participant It felt like a personal journey of discovery. Read to Lead Norfolk course participant

The opportunity to develop a Welsh-language version of Read to Lead was very exciting and profound for me. Our experience of working with our European partners Lseforeningen in Denmark and, as of January 2013, Stad Antwerpen in Flanders meant there was no doubt about whether the model itself would translate into a different setting. But the course in T Newydd in Llanystumdwy brought the work into such a personal sphere the language of my storytimes, my own early reading memories. I experienced again, from a different part of myself, what shared reading can do. Be it for uent Welsh speakers, or those learning the language, I am delighted that this course has sown the seed for embedding shared reading in North Wales. Ymlaen r Chwyldo Darllen! I was also delighted to work with Newcastle University to develop the excellent student volunteer placement work that has been happening in Liverpool for some years. Making shared reading a crucial part of a literary education is essential for the Reading Revolution to take root; I look forward to developing more work with universities across the country.

Casi Dylan, Literary Learning Manager

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Awards and Nominations


We are proud to have won and been shortlisted for a number of awards and accolades over the past year:

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the manuscript of which was rst gifted to us for the Our Read campaign in Jane Davis shortlisted as one of the Liverpool Posts Liverpool Leaders for the Third Sector (October 2012) Merseyside Reader Volunteer Scheme Highly Commended in the Encouraging Health and Wellbeing Category at the North Eamee Boden, Get Into Reading Wirral Apprentice, nalist in the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards (February Shortlisted in the Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards (February 2013)
2013) West Together We Can Empowerment Awards (December 2012) 2011, won the Guardians Childrens Fiction prize (October 2012)

Events
National Conference 2012
Held in London for the rst time, at the British Library, our 2012 annual conference was split over two days in May. Day one, Reading to Live Well, welcomed key speakers including Dr Iona Heath, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Jonathan Rose, Professor of History at Drew University (New Jersey, USA), Erwin James, writer and journalist, and the poet Lemn Sissay, and offered interactive sessions for delegates from a range of sectors. Day two, Living to Read Well, was a tailored day for trained shared reading practitioners, offering practical opportunities to share experiences and Masterclasses from TRO staff. For the rst time at our National Conference, attendees could get interactive by using the #TRO2012 hashtag on Twitter, sharing their thoughts throughout the day:

looking forward to day 2 of #TRO2012 conference, yesterday was most intellectually stimulating day of my life. Brain got a good workout!

Hapenny and Penny Readings

The annual Hapenny and Penny Readings were held on the 9th December 2012 in St. Georges Hall, Liverpool, and were once again packed out, as festive revellers parted with a penny to hear readings from the likes of Louis de Bernieres, Frank CottrellBoyce and Cathy Tyson, and enjoyed performances from the Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir and cellist Georgina Aasgaard.

Media appearances
Notable media appearances this year included:

A regular column in Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners Something Understood The Instinct for Meaning, Jane Davis speaking on BBC Radio 4, August 2012 How One Charity Is Tackling Complex Mental Health Problems Using The Simple Power Of Reading, the Huffington Post,

November 2012 Shakespeare and Wordsworth boost the brain, new research reveals, the Telegraph, January 2013 Life has taught me you can turn the bad into good use, interview with Jane Davis, the Liverpool Post, February 2013 Dostoevsky for dummies, Klasse Leraren, March 2013 Liverpool mansion opens for rst time in 40 years to encourage more people to read, The Northerner Blog, the Guardian, March 2013

Wider World

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Publications
Edited by Angela Macmillan and published June 2012 by David Fickling Books, A Little, Aloud for Children, our anthology of poetry and short stories to be read aloud with young adults and children, is the eagerly awaited follow-up to A Little, Aloud. The launch was accompanied by a urry of events including Tall Tales for Small Children at BBC Radio Merseyside, and a party for some of the young people we read with. Soon after its publication, the Financial Times listed the anthology as one of their books of the year. Our newest poetry anthology, Minted, edited by Brian Nellist, was published September 2012. A treasury of poems from between 1500 and 1900, it seeks to open up some of the inexhaustible riches these older lines have to offer. This year also saw the publication of four more fantastic issues of The Reader magazine. The quarterly literary magazine features a unique blend of literature from both new and established writers, and offers an array of literary news, research, interviews and reviews, along with thought-provoking pieces from the leading minds of literature and the arts. The Reader also supports the work of The Reader Organisation, giving an insight into shared reading groups across the country and documenting some of their nest moments. This year saw the introduction of a new cover design, displaying a different artwork each quarter. Highlights included:

Issue 46: an extract from Tim Parks latest novel, The Server, and Brian Issue 47: new poetry from Birminghams recent Poet Laureate, Roy
Patten writes as The Poet on his Work McFarlene, and the rst of Grace Farringtons preliminary research reports on reading groups Issue 48: Dr Iona Heath (recent president of the Royal College of GPs) examines the relationship between books and medical practice and Philip Davis presents his manifesto for the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems Issue 49: Jackie Kay reects on her experience reading to the women in HMP Styal as part of RISE, and publisher David Fickling is interviewed by Angela Macmillan.

Online activity
Our creative online presence includes our blog, which receives over 11,000 views per month and had a total of 172,618 hits during 2012. Popular posts include our Featured Poem and Recommended Reads series. New blogs were successfully launched for the publication of A Little, Aloud for Children and our RISE project, featuring rst-hand accounts of all of the RISE events. Our Twitter and Facebook activity engaged an increasing number of followers throughout the year. One of this years social media highlights was Sep10ber (#sep10ber), an interactive celebration throughout the month to mark the 10th birthday of Get Into Reading. Each week we featured a new literature-related question themed around the number 10, such as What was your favourite book when you were 10? or Describe a book in 10 words.

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Staff
Alexis McNay, Project Worker Alison Desovska, Project Worker Amanda Boston, Project Worker Amanda Brown, Criminal Justice Projects Manager Amir Ali, Communications Intern Andrius Cepokas, Information Management Intern Angela Macmillan, Co-Editor, The Reader Anna Fleming, Looked After Children Project Coordinator Anna McCracken, Volunteer Manager Annie Brierly, Project Worker Anthony McCall, Accountant Aaron Eastwood, Communications Intern Beverley Laroc, Project Worker Caroline Adams, Project Worker Casi Dylan, Literary Learning Manager Chantel Baldry, Project Worker Charles Darby-Villis, RISE Project Coordinator Charlotte Weber, Reader-in-Residence, Liverpool Hope University Cheryl Hunter,Project Worker Christof Haberle, Project Worker Chris Catterall, Development Director Christine Harland, Project Worker Christine Johnson, Volunteer Manager Claire Yates, Project Worker Clare Ellis, Project Worker Damian Taylor, Reader-in-Residence, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Danny Start, Volunteer Assistant David Cookson, Young Person's Project Coordinator Eamee Boden, Wirral Apprentice Eleanor McCann, Reader-in-Residence, Mersey Care NHS Trust Ellen Perry, Development Assistant Emily Lezzeri, Project Worker Emma Gibbons, Project Worker George Hawkins, Research Assistant Gill Stanyard, Project Worker Hazel Davies, Project Worker Helen Vaughan, Project Worker Helen Wilson, Wirral Project Coordinator Ian Walker, Project Worker Inan Gul, Arts Administation Intern Jane Davis, Director Jennifer Tomkins, Communications Director Kate McDonnell, Quality Practice Manager Katie Clark, Project Worker Kim Haygarth, Project Worker Laura Lewis, Everton Family Project Worker Lee Keating, Office and IT Administrator Lindsey Dyer, Wirral and North Wales Project Manager Lisa Spurgin, Online Communications Assistant Liz McGaw, Project Worker Lizzie Cain, Communications Assistant Lois Walters, Project Worker Lynn Elsdon, Project Worker Maggie McCarney, Project Worker Marian Murray, Receptionist Mary Weston, Liverpool and Mental Health Projects Manager Maura Kennedy, RISE Coordinator (maternity leave) Megg Hewlett, Project Worker Michael McGrath, Project Worker Michael Winstanley, Arts Administation Intern Michelle Barrett, People and Support Administrator Niall Gibney, Community Development Assistant Nicola Bennison, Project Worker Patricia Canning, Project Worker Patrick Fisher, Young Person's Project Worker

Paul Higgins, Project Worker Penny Markell, London Project Manager Rachel Coleman, Young Person's Project Worker Rachel Salmon, Wirral Project Coordinator (maternity leave) Roisin Hyland, Literary Learning Coordinator Rosie Trustram, Project Worker Sally Sweeney, Project Worker Samantha Shipman, Reader-in-Residence, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Sara Day, Community Administrator Apprentice Sarah Coley, Deputy Editor, The Reader Sarah Hopkins, South West Project Manager Selina McNay, Project Worker Sophie Johnson, Conference Administrator Sophie Povey, Development Manager Stefani Tuttle, Communications Intern Steffi Camm, Project Worker Sue Colbourn, Project Worker Susan Rutherford, Business Capacity Manager Trish Lawrence, Project Worker Thomas Warriner, Communications Intern Val Hannan, Project Worker Val Nobbs, Project Worker Victoria Clarke, Reading and Wellbeing Library Development Officer Zoe Gilling, People and Support Manager Zoe Jermy, Wirral Apprentice

Trustees
Jo Burns, Founder and Senior Associate, BOP Consulting (stepped down July 2012) Sue Charteris, Strategic Advisor, Leadership and Public Policy (Chair until March 2013, stepped down March 2013) Professor Philip Davis, Director, Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems (attends meeting ex-ocio) Brian Denton, Management Accountant Kathy Doran, Former Chief Executive, NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral (Vice Chair from March 2013) Lindsey Dyer (Vice Chair until March 2013, stepped down March 2013) John Flamson, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, University of Liverpool Steve Hawkins, Chief Executive, Local Solutions Rosemary Hawley, MBE Lawrence Holden Dr Shyamal Mukherjee, MBE, Medical Director, NHS Wirral Roger Philips, Broadcaster, BBC Radio Merseyside Susan Rutherford, (Chair from March 2013)

Patrons
David Almond A S Byatt Frank Cottrell Boyce Howard Jacobson Erwin James Brian Keenan Anna Lawrence Pietroni Blake Morrison Sir Andrew Motion Lemn Sissay MBE Jeanette Winterson

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Funders and Commissioners


Our revolutionary Get Into Reading projects across Great Britain as detailed in the Trustees report are funded and/or commissioned by the following: Tesco Charity Trust BUPA Big Lottery England Liverpool Hope University Toxteth Library Halton Borough Council Knowsley PCT Liverpool City Council and Liverpool PCT Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Service JP Getty Junior Charitable Trust Alzheimers Society Ashton and Leigh NHS Mersey Care NHS Trust Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust NHS North West Strategic Health Authority The Trusthouse Charitable Trust Wirral PCT Egremont Primary School, Wirral St. Annes Primary School, Wirral Woodchurch High School, Wirral Wirral MBC Forum Housing Wirral NHS Third Sector Development Fund Southwark Council Merchant Taylor Trust Inner North West London Primary Care Trust Maudsley Charity Historic Royal Palaces Jewish Care West London Mental Health NHS Trust The Tudor Trust Devon Library Service Kingscare Plymouth Library Service Plymouth City Council Cornwall Rural Community Council Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust Learning for Carers The Tudor Trust Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland A B Charitable Trust The Pilgrims Trust HMP Kennet HMP Hindley HMP Manchester HMP Wormwood Scrubs National Personality Disorder Team at the Department of Health/Home Office Arts Council England

In addition, the following funders supported our core activities during 2012/13: Henry Smith Foundation Gareld Weston Foundation The John Ellerman Foundation Liverpool City Council Apprenticeship Fund

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INCOMiNG RESOURCES FROM GENERATED FUNDS: Donations and legacies Investment income Incoming resources from charitable activities Total incoming resources RESOURCES EXPENDED Charitable activites: Get Into Reading Literary Learning Events and Publications Communication and Development Total charitable expenditure Governance costs Total resources expended Net income / (expenditure) for the year / Net movement in funds Fund balances at 1 April 2012 Fund balances at 31 March 2013

Finances
INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S STATEMENT TO THE TRUSTEES OF THE READER ORGANISATION We have examined the summarised nancial statements for the year ended 31 March 2013 set out on this page. Respective responsibilities of the trustees and the auditor The trustees are responsible for preparing the summarised nancial statements in accordance with applicable United Kingdom law and the recommendations of the Charities SORP. Our responsibility is to report to you our opinion on the consistency of the summarised nancial statements with the full annual nancial statements and the Trustees Annual Report. We also read other information contained in the summarised annual report and consider the implications for our report if we become aware of any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the summarised nancial statements. We conducted our work in accordance with Bulletin 2008/3 issued by the Auditing Practices Board. Opinion In our opinion the summarised nancial statements are consistent with the full annual nancial statements and the Trustees Annual Report of The Reader Organisation for the year ended 31 March 2013.

28,905 5,688

69,250

98,155 5,688

62,253 289

34,593 69,250 103,843 62,542 267,027 1,254,027 1,521,054 1,234,758 301,620 1,323,277 1,624,897 1,297,300

1,208,543 1,208,543 115,273 1,337 116,610 68,059 3,980 72,039 10,196 135,967 146,163

956,407 110,515 63,701 131,557

193,528 1,349,827 1,543,355 1,262,180 4,500 4,500 4,800

198,028 1,349,827 1,547,855 1,266,980 103,592 295,315 398,907 (26,550) 26,550 77,042 321,865 398,907 30,320 291,545 321,865

2013
12,649 220,174 1,018,269 1,238,443 Creditors: amounts falling due within one year Net current assets Total assets less current liabilities Income funds Restricted funds Unrestricted funds 398,907 398,907

2012
24,770 267,292 585,208 852,500

Fixed assets Tangible assets Current assets Debtors Cash at bank and in hand

(852,185) 386,258 398,907

(555,405) 297,095 321,865

Peter Taaffe FCA CTA DChA (Senior Statutory Auditor) For and on behalf of BWMacfarlane LLP Chartered Accountants Statutory Auditor Castle Chambers 43 Castle Street Liverpool L2 9SH

26,550 295,315 321,865

These accounts were signed by the trustee and authorised for issue by

Susan Rutherford Chair

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The Reader Organisation


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