Henry Smith Reading Rooms in Care Homes Programme

Reading Rooms is delighted to announce the launch of their Care Homes Programme funded by the Henry Smith Foundation. This is a two-year programme which will focus on six care homes each year with a focus to introduce the Reading Rooms model for residents, will offer training on our bespoke OCN Level 2 Facilitation Skills for Shared Reading and will use the Reading Rooms to introduce Shared Decision Making in each home centred on the theme of Community Connectedness.

The six homes for the first year are based in the North West and the programme begins with a taster session open to staff, residents as well as family and friends later this month.

In Omagh we are delighted to be engaging with two homes: Harold McCauley and Three Rivers. We will be hosting taster sessions in Omagh on Monday 20th February. In the morning we will be in Three Rivers at 11.00am and in Harold McCauley for 2.00pm. One of our wonderful volunteers Allison based in Omagh will accompany Sinead Devine, Reading Rooms Officer for Older People, to meet staff and residents and join in the Reading Rooms there.

We are also delighted to be linking into Longfield based in Eglinton and Seven Oaks in the Waterside. Seven Oaks is run by Fold and hosts a dementia unit. The taster in Seven Oaks will begin at 11.30am on Tuesday 21st February with Longfield hosting their taster on Wednesday 22nd at 2.15pm.

Our fifth home will be in  Edenballymore Lodge, based in the Northland Road in Derry/Londonderry. Brookland’s taster session is on Monday 27th February at 2.00pm. Our sixth home will be confirmed at a later date.

The groups will be reading a Liam O’Flaherty short story and a Mary Oliver poem. “Oliver’s poetry is so beautiful. For me it is poetry that really lends itself to be read aloud,” noted Sinead. “Her work is full of the most amazing imagery from nature which appeal to young and old alike. I am really looking forward to sharing this with the residents.”

If you would like to more information on the Care Home programme or are interested in volunteering on it, please contact Sinead Devine on 028 71 266 946 or email readingrooms@theverbal.co

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