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Reading is Caring evaluation

Read the independent evaluation of the 2019–21 Reading is Caring evaluation

The pilot of our Reading is Caring programme first launched in 2019. Reading is Caring is a programme supporting people living with dementia and those who care for them (professional carers and family care partners) through shared reading workshops.

This independent evaluation of the 2019–21 pilot programme examines the programme's impact on people living with dementia and those who care for them, and reflects on delivery during the pandemic and possible future developments.

Download the full evaluation report

Key conclusions

The Reading is Caring programme:

What participants said

'I found it really powerful and raising awareness of the benefits that reading can bring to the carer and someone living with dementia – can bring them back together again and help to build a positive relationship.' – Reading is Caring trainee

'. . . if things are difficult or if you're having a difficult day; if the person's having a difficult day; if you feel you're not coping terribly well actually sit down and read something together. And it will take you right away from the here and now and into some other world. And, you know, that you can share and talk about, and I would say, that's, that's a big thing for me . . . ' – Care partner trained in the Reading is Caring approach

'And then, you know, he really had a good morning and it just kind of totally changed the mood and changed, you know, how he was . . . he couldn't cope with even the littlest things to being, you know, feeling much happier and more contented.' – Care partner trained in the Reading is Caring approach