Reading Group set up at Amber Court

Published - 23 November 2017

Amber Court in Stratford, East London consists of 65 self-contained one and two bedroom flats which are home to residents from a wide range of ages and needs.
With the appointment of Danielle Doherty as activities manager, there is a wide schedule of activities and groups that residents can take part in. This has included cake making, art and IT classes.
Danielle is always working with residents to find new activities that are of interest to them. One suggestion was the creation of a reading group for those who want to improve their reading skills and become more confident reading aloud.

The book group started in November with residents picking books they would like to read, starting with Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The reading group is co-hosted by one of our volunteers, Valerie, who provides support and guidance throughout the sessions.

The team at Amber Court also decorated their reading area with an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme (see photo).
Photo of reading area at Amber Court decorated with an Alice in Wonderland theme

Each resident at the book group is provided with copies of the books, thanks to a funding grant from the ‘Give A Book’ charity, and volunteers receive training on how to build upon reading skills in group sessions.

James Atkins, Volunteer Manager for Genesis Housing says: ‘Reading books of any kind provides an opening to a world of imagination and creativity. Sometimes it can be uncomfortable to come forward to say you might need extra support with your reading. This is why a welcoming and encouraging reading group is so important. 

‘We are pleased to work in partnership with Amber Court and ‘Give A Book’ to recruit and support volunteers for this worthwhile service.’ 

Amber Court will be setting up more reading groups and activities for residents going forward and seeking more volunteers to support these. 

For more information, contact volunteerteam@genesisha.org.uk

Suzanne Godfrey
Communities Communications Advisor, Genesis Housing