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Library memory group is looking for a helping hand

Library memory group is looking for a helping hand

 

Local libraries are currently looking for volunteers to become Assistant Group Facilitators in our Library Memory Groups in libraries across Wiltshire.

Funded by Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and run by The Reader Organisation, Library Memory Groups provide a stimulating environment where people with memory loss and those who care for them meet weekly to connect with each other through shared reading. This opportunity will give you the chance to make a difference to the lives of people with memory loss, and to become part of The Reader Organisation in the South West, receiving fully funded training.

Our Library Memory Groups currently run in Mere, Pewsey, Purton and Warminster Libraries: please see the Reading With Us map for full details.

Responsibilities:

  • To act as Assistant Group Facilitator in a weekly Library Memory Group before training to independently facilitate the same group
  • Planning, preparing and reflecting upon your weekly group once you have been trained
  • To liaise with staff at host organisations to help ensure sustainability

Aptitudes:

  • Excellent literacy and comprehension, good at reading aloud or prepared to learn to improve (support will be given) – with a genuine interest in reading prose and poetry. It would be helpful to have some understanding of the ethos of shared reading or be open to learning more
  • An ability to learn to facilitate conversation with people that is related to the text (this is different to ‘having’ a conversation)
  • An ability to manage group dynamics with an openness to people and a desire to be with people in a human way, and putting the needs of the group and story ahead of their own interests
  • Some understanding of the issues surrounding memory loss and conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Commitment: 1.5 hours per week plus time spent choosing literature for the group

Length of Opportunity: We ask for a one year commitment but the opportunity is ongoing and can last for as long as you and your group want it to

Training: This position benefits from a free place on TRO’s Read to Lead training. A three-day course in shared reading which will qualify you as a shared reading practitioner able to facilitate in community settings.

How do I find out more?

For further information, please contact Josephine Corcoran, Wiltshire Project Worker: josephinecorcoran@thereader.org.uk or call 07812 238503

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