I have worked as an artist and arts educator for the past 30 years in New Zealand. I have known Kate Middleton since our young boys played soccer together, she told me recently about The Reading Revolution programme.
My elderly mother has now moved into Selwyn Village Point Chevalier and we go once a week to the shared reading group Kate runs at Selwyn.
Each week brings amazing moments of connection with the elderly group, as they share their lives, stories, thoughts and laughs. It is a most enjoyable time and has helped my mother integrate and build relationships. It is time I can share with her as a daughter, even though her eyesight is not that great she can listen to the stories.
It is through seeing the power of this shared reading that I want to train to be a Read to Lead practitioner and take this into other aged communities around Auckland.