Sharing a love of literature

VOLUNTEERS will share their love of reading with mental health patients.

The new reading aloud scheme has been launched by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust across its wards at the Northern General Hospital and the Michael Carlisle Centre.

On three evenings a week volunteers visit acute wards where people are being treated for a range of mental health conditions, such as depression, psychosis and schizophrenia.

Extracts from literature by authors such as George Eliot, Joanne Harris and Flaubert are read before people share their thoughts.

Volunteer reader Mia Bajin, patient and public Involvement and PALS Manager, introduced the scheme.

She said: “We’ve had an amazing reaction from service users, some say it’s the best thing they’ve done on the ward.

“I’d like the sessions to give people hope and confidence to join groups and share their interest in reading.”