The Reader Organisation National Conference 2013

Shared Reading for Healthy Communities

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This event took place Thursday May 16th, 2013

The Reader Organisation’s fourth annual conference will explore how their pioneering shared reading project, Get Into Reading, addresses the need for social inclusion, meaningful activity, and better health in communities across the UK:

  • One in four British adults will experience mental health problems in any one year
  • 75% of adult prisoners have a dual diagnosis (mental health problems combined with alcohol or drug misuse)
  • 29% of households consist of a single person living alone
  • Levels of dementia are predicted to increase by 62% in the next 20 years
  • One in four children are practically illiterate upon leaving primary school
  • Over 60% of young people who offend have communication difficulties

The Reader Organisation has a proven track record engaging with many of the hardest to reach individuals in society to build stronger, healthier, and more connected communities. This conference offers an invaluable opportunity for commissioners, practitioners, and leaders from across public and mental health, criminal justice, social care, community and education services, and professionals from the private and third sector, to examine the impact of shared reading projects as a whole population approach in the context of national policies and strategies.   Please visit The Reader Organisation's Website here for more information.

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