Liverpool University, Goldsmiths College London and Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital Trust to run research project in Croydon on the value of reading

By - Tuesday 11th November, 2014

Researchers from the universities of Liverpool and London are seeking participants for a research project, to carried out in Croydon Town Centre, on the value of reading literary classics. 

Croydon Central Library, the Clocktower, Katharine street. Photo taken by Ross Burgess and used under GNU Free Documentation License.

Release begins: Liverpool University together with Goldsmiths University, is running a 3 year research project, funded by Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital Trust, which seeks to establish and explore the benefits of shared reading. Previous research has shown a variety of benefits – in well-being, self-confidence, forging community connections, reducing stress etc.

The organisation which runs these groups is called The Reader Organisation ( – a nationwide charity and social enterprise that run literally hundreds of shared reading groups each week in many different settings – prisons, hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, libraries, dementia clinics etc.

A group will shortly be established in Central Croydon . The organisers are seeking:

a) people who’d like to come along and join the new reading group at the library (which initially will be running for 24 weeks)

b) any clinicians, managers, community workers etc. who may want to inform their service-users of this new group and encourage them to come along. The latter can of course also get in touch if they feel we would be a good fit for any groups they are currently working with.

Anyone who is interested in participating should ring 0781 332 4852 and speak to the organisers for further information.

Release ends.

Release provider: Liverpool University



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