The Scottish Book Trust charity introduced a project called Reading is Caring. This project seeks to support people living with dementia and the people who care about them, to maintain their existing personal relationships through shared reading. It is delivered through a set of informative, enjoyable and helpful online workshops that have been specifically designed for those caring for someone living with dementia. Some people with Parkinson’s develop dementia too, which is why we wanted to share this information.
Koren Calder is the Reading Communities Outreach Manager, and she has developed online workshops, which are delivered in real-time by her. She can offer this to people in the Edinburgh and East Lothian area.
The workshops are delivered over two sessions. They are designed for the carer to attend and together with Koren, you create a bespoke shared reading session for the individual you care for who is living with dementia, by taking into account their unique circumstances. This is particularly beneficial for those who have been a keen reader throughout their lives.
It is the intention, once Covid-19 restrictions are over, that Koren will provide these workshops face to face. Currently the online workshops are working well, and it means she can reach those living in more remote areas, or those that are shielding, in their own homes.
If you were to sign up for the workshops, you will need access to Zoom and Koren would send link. Dates and times she has indicated she would discuss when you contact to sign up.