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Reading Rooms

Reading Rooms

Reading Rooms

The Verbal Arts Centre run their Reading Rooms programme across Northern Ireland. We are funding a Reading Rooms project that works with young ex-offenders, many of whom have experienced mental health problems.

The Reading Rooms: Beyond the Walls project was selected for a Challenge Fund award by the Spirit of 2012 Youth Advisory Panel.  It has since received Extended Impact funding to extend its reach to individuals referred through housing shelters.”

Reading Rooms meets weekly and offers a safe, facilitated space to discuss and share reflections on carefully selected written pieces.

A group of ten young people from this group will also undertake training and mentoring in order to become qualified Reading Room facilitators. They will then themselves run weekly Reading Room sessions in the wider community, spanning different generations and demographic groups.

To say we are delighted to be recognised by the Spirit Youth Advisory Panel would be an understatement. Reading Rooms is privileged to engage with some of the most marginalised and vulnerable young people in our community, whose voices often go unheard and ignored. The chance to work with Spirit and become a part of the larger Spirit family has the potential to make a genuinely transformational impact.

James Kerr, Verbal Arts Centre’s Chief Executive


Project spend

3 Years

Project duration