I have a background in hospitality working in restaurants around Auckland for many years, I am now working with TAPAC performing arts centre in Western Springs doing accounting and administration. I have known Kate since the original Verona Café on Karangahape Rd and was interested to hear about The Reader Organisation course she attended in the UK.
Five years ago my mum moved into Selwyn Village in Point Chevalier and I started to volunteer with Kate in 2015 to help with the shared reading group she had started up. My mum comes as well, it is good for her as she doesn’t go to any other activities in the village, I love taking part and listening to the feedback and the resident’s stories. It is important for me to give something back and I can see how the reading groups could help with people’s emotional and physical pain, shared reading allows you to suspend worrisome thoughts for a time. I would love to take this into health sector in particular work with people with addiction issues.