Belong Crewe launches ‘listening book club’


Belong-care industry newsBelong Crewe is inviting members of the public to take part in a shared reading project, during which a varied selection of short stories, novels and poems are read out loud by a trained facilitator, over tea and biscuits, and among friendly company.

The group is open to people of all ages, backgrounds and interests, and held on a weekly ‘drop in’ basis. The sessions are delivered by award winning charity, The Reader Organisation, which aims to bring communities together and improve individual’s wellbeing through reading.

Location: Belong Crewe, Brookhouse Drive, Crewe, CW2 6NA

Date: Wednesday 30 September

Time: 2.00pm

During an initial taster session, Belong Crewe customers enjoyed listening to The Wild Duck’s Nest by Michael McLaverty and poems by Emily Dickinson and Thomas Hardy. 88-year-old Sheila Jones commented: “It was a lovely way to pass the afternoon. I don’t really read much myself, but found being read to was a completely different, very pleasurable and relaxing experience. The stories were really interesting and we had a great time afterwards, chatting about the different characters and what we thought of the plot. I can’t wait for the next one!”

Belong Crewe Experience Coordinator, Lee Edwards, added: “Shared reading is a great way of bringing people together to enjoy some time out and benefit from each other’s company, as well as listen to great stories. Research has shown it can help improve people’s social, mental and emotional wellbeing; all factors that lie at the very heart of what we value most here at Belong, so we’re delighted to be hosting our own Book Break club.”

Book Break will be held on a weekly basis going forwards. The next sessions will take place on 7 October and 14 October.

Book Break group is part of Cheshire East Reads, a shared reading project commissioned by Cheshire East Public Health and delivered by an award winning charity, The Reader Organisation (


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