Local people invited to join the first Shared Reading group in Essex

Local people invited to join the first Shared Reading group in Essex
20th November 2019 c360admin

Get together around a great story every Tuesday at 1.30pm at One Colchester Hub – starting 26 November

National charity The Reader is inviting people to come together in Colchester to experience literature’s life-supporting benefits.

Shared Reading – bringing books, poems and plays to life through reading aloud and group discussion – already brings thousands of people together across the UK each week.

Local volunteer Tricia Gilbey is launching a new group, the first one in Essex, at One Colchester Hub. The group is free, open to everyone and is happening every Tuesday from 26 November 2019.

With winter almost here, there’s never been a better time to start Shared Reading, as getting together around great literature is great for beating the blues.

In The Reader’s latest Feedback Week survey of more than 1,500 Readers across the UK:


  • 94% said they look forward their Shared Reading group ‘as an important event in my week’.
  • 91% said ‘the reading sessions make me feel better‘.
  • 84% said they’ve made new friends in the group.

Tricia Gilbey said: “There’s no pressure to read aloud if you don’t want to – just come along, listen and have a cup of tea or coffee. I love The Reader because it’s such a simple idea, getting people together to read and talk about stories and poems in a relaxed way.

“And it has so many benefits for all sorts of people because it gets you talking, thinking and connecting with others. There’s nothing to read in advance and no pressure to attend, except when you want to, so do come and give it a try.”

Tracy Rudling, CEO at Community360, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Reader to the One Colchester Hub. Reading is known to be a great release for people and to be able to share the written word in a group is something that we feel will be of great interest to the people of Colchester.”

She added: “The One Colchester Hub is delivered in partnership by One Colchester, the local strategic partnership for Colchester Borough Council. The Hub is an important focal point delivering a schedule of activities that address social isolation and managing health and wellbeing. The Reader Club will be a fantastic addition to our daily clubs and activities.”

 To find out more about Shared Reading in One Colchester Hub, call 01206 505250.