Developing Get Into Reading
The huge success of Get Into Reading, both nationally and internationally, has led to the development of various means for individuals and organisations to establish their own shared reading projects, using GIR as a model of excellence in the field:
If you want to develop a Get Into Reading project with us, there are two ways to do this:
Reader in Residence
By far the most effective way to establish and deeply embed a Get Into Reading project within your organisation is to commission a Reader in Residence package from The Reader Organisation.
This package combines the placement of a fully trained Reader in Residence within your organisation, to lead and coordinate a programme of Get Into Reading activity, with a bespoke package of in-house training for staff. The model allows for the sustainable, cost efficient and quality-assured embedment of shared reading culture within your organisation.
We have been running a Reader in Residence scheme within Mersey Care NHS Trust since 2007 and it now has 34 reading groups across all its services – a testament to the success of our partnership – with staff members being trained up to run the groups and keep them sustainable.
“The weekly reading groups provide vital creativity and engagement and contribute to the mental well-being of service users and staff.”
Lindsey Dyer, Director for Service Users and Carers, Mersey Care NHS Trust
Get Into Reading Partnership
The development of Get Into Reading in coordination with The Reader Organisation ensures the successful replication of the Get Into Reading model. The partnership agreement is delivered in two phases:
Phase One: preparation and launch
The development process can be very different for different organisations, so for these reasons we take a bespoke approach to this phase. The kind of activities and resources TRO can supply include: positioning Get Into Reading locally, developing proposals, building support, Read to Lead training and generating income for the project.
Phase Two: running a high quality service
The Reader Organisation also performs an on-going role for partners. Partners have the responsibility and freedom to run the programme day-to-day, while we provide support in the following areas: training, continuous professional development, evaluation monitoring and promotion.
For more information on how a Reader in Residence would work in your organisation, or if you are interested in developing a Get Into Reading Partnership, contact Chris Catterall, National Development Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org, 07929 011629
We also run specialist Read to Lead training that provides the essential grounding in the competencies of a shared reading facilitator.