Meet marvellous volunteer Reader Leader Helen from Hobsonville!
How did you get into shared reading & why?

I had moved into a new neighbourhood and didn’t know anybody. I wanted to make connections with people who love to read. One option was a book club but I liked the approach of using short stories because I so much love that form.

What do you enjoy about being a Reader Leader?

I love the connections that are made between the participants. Everyone looks forward to our sessions and we learn more about each other each time we meet.

Are there any stories or poems that have stuck with you & why?

It Used to Be Green Once by Patricia Grace led to lots of stories about what life was like when we were growing up and how it has changed.

Any reader who’s journey has inspired you in your group?

A young woman who made our group her first foray back out into society after giving birth. We are all getting to know and really like her.

Tell us more about your community…

We are a bunch of neighbours. We take turns being host and meet in each other’s houses as we all live in one area and can (almost) walk.

Would you recommend becoming a Reader Leader & why?

It’s a great way to meet people at another level than the ordinary/mundane. The support from the organisation is great – and there is a vast library of material supplied!!! It’s fun.

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