Opportunities for older people to read for pleasure may be limited.

Reading Rooms actively engages older people in the enjoyment of literature and in conversations that emerge from the wealth of life experience gathered in a Reading Rooms session.

Relationship-centred approach

The Reading Rooms model recognises the importance of maintaining personhood, relationships, and community connections despite difficulties associated with ageing.

Removing the barriers

Mobility issues and ill-health, whether physical or mental, are not barriers to taking part in Reading Rooms.

We offer participants the opportunity to read  - and listen to - high quality literature.

We encourage conversations about whatever the stories and poems may stimulate.

It can be memories of times past, character sketches of people in our lives, issues of the day, or the things we love most.

Reading Rooms for older people

We have Reading Rooms for older people in community settings in Derry/Londonderry and in Belfast.

Reading Rooms at events such as Positive Ageing Week, Culture Night, and intergenerational gatherings are ideal for active seniors.

Our Bring down the walls project is for residents in selected care homes in the North West.

How do I get involved?

Contact Sinead Devine our project officer for older people to find out how you or your organisation can get involved in Reading Rooms.