As schools are closed due to Coronavirus, parents may wish to take part in Silver Stories and enable their child to read to an isolated elderly member of the community whilst they are at home.

  • This could mean reading to a member of the family or a neighbour who is isolating.
  • All parents need to do is ensure that they have a contact number for the person and agree a mutually convenient time to make the call, this could be daily or weekly.
  • Your child can select what they would like to read from any of the books you have in your home.
  • If reading daily they might like to choose a longer book or one with chapters such as the Jill Tomlinson series of book including The Owl who was afraid of the dark, traditional tales can be retold, such as ‘Three Little Pigs’.
  • For older children they could read any of their favourite books such as the David Walliams series.
  • It is important if reading using a phone rather than using FaceTime etc to choose a book which does not rely upon pictures to tell the story.
  • Interesting and useful discussions can be had about why they have chosen a particular book to read.
  • If they are reading to more than one isolated person, then they can read the same book to all of them.
  • If you run out of books, your child could write their own story with your help and read these to the Silver Listener.
  • If you do decide to take part please let us know by emailing us at

Thank you for your support!


Please note that it is important that no personal information is shared by either party such as home address and bank details

We'd love more schools to enrol in the Silver Stories scheme. To take part or learn more please get in touch...
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