Narrated stories to bring benefits of reading to Romford care home

PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 February 2017

World read aloud day comes to Heatherbrook tomorrow.

World read aloud day comes to Heatherbrook tomorrow.


One of the best parts about growing up is having your first story read to you by a parent before bed or a teacher in class.

The ability to narrate is a skill that can bring books to life for those listening which is why Heatherbrook care home, Como Street, Romford, will join millions of people in celebrating World Read Aloud Day tomorrow.

The calming effect of sharing stories is thought to be beneficial for older people - especially those suffering from dementia.

“Reading aloud has many therapeutic benefits for older people,” said Olubunmi Oduweku, Heatherbrook’s home manager. “It is calming for those living with dementia, helpful for those with failing eyesight, and soothing for those unable to communicate.

“It is also an enjoyable activity that family and friends can do with their loved one when paying them a visit.” Residents at the home will get to watch a short film, created by Care UK, featuring the storyteller laureate Taffy Thomas MBE followed by interactive reading sessions.

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