Reading Rooms in Derry/Londonderry has been working with BBC Children in Need since 2014.

It delivers some of the most transformative experiences across the Verbal programme.

Robust partnerships

We engage with a wide variety of groups and organisations, including:

  • Extern
  • CAMHS
  • NSPCC
  • Playtrail
  • Kinship Care
  • EOTAS
  • Looked After Children (LAC)
  • Triax Family Hub

Inspiring children and young people

The life experiences of some of our young people are not ideal. Many feel that they are not listened to. Some feel disconnected from their schools, carers, and communities.

Volunteers read with children and young people on a one-to-one basis or in groups. From all kinds of backgrounds, our volunteer readers are fully trained in the Reading Rooms model and current safeguarding.

The senses framework

We employ the six sense framework, developed by Mike Nolan and colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University. It defines relationship-centred care and forms part of our work with children and young people.

Security – feeling safe

Belonging – feeling part of a valued group

Continuity – making links between the past, present, and future

Purpose – enjoying meaningful activity

Achievement – reaching valued goals 

Significance – feeling valued as a person

Reading Rooms encourages children and young people to listen, to read, and to share their opinions and their own stories.

We recognise milestones, celebrate achievements, and quietly encourage the most fearful and reticent of our participants. 

Get involved

To find out how you can take part contact Mary Fitzpatrick, project officer for children and young people