Wonderfully simple but with the most incredibly positive impact for both Silver Listeners and Silver Readers.
Children (known as Silver Readers) telephone a Silver Listener every week and then read a short story or poem to them.
This not only helps the children to become more confident in their reading skills but also links our children to the older members of our communities and helps diminish their chances of feeling isolated.
Calling all readers!
Schools and parents can get involved in Silver Stories. We will provide you with all of the information and guidance to get started.
Our experience shows us that children who become Silver Readers can become more enthusiastic about reading, develop greater confidence, fluency and expression in their reading and thoroughly enjoy building a relationship with their Silver Listener.
Calling all listeners!
Could you or someone you know benefit from weekly telephone contact?
Would you or someone you know enjoy hearing a child read a story over the telephone every week?
This is a poem written by Doris Turner (age 87 years), a ‘Silver Listener’.
Doris lived in a nursing home in Manchester. She very sadly died on 7th November 2020 due to Covid-19 and is greatly missed by all who knew her.
“The children are always so eager to share a story or poem with the elderly members of our community.”
“The children leave the room with a beaming smile, full of pride, as they head back to their classroom.”
“Not only does this project have a positive impact on our Silver Listeners but also there has been notable progress on the children’s confidence when reading aloud. Over time they have developed increasing fluency and the ability to capture the interest of the Listener by using expression in their voice.”
“…enable the children to realise that they are making a difference to the lives of the elderly members of our community.”
“It is a delight to hear the positive comments from our Silver Listeners after they have been read to. Comments such as ‘ Thank you. You have really made my day.’”
“That story has made me smile, thank you for sharing it with me. I always look forward to my phone call on a Tuesday”
“Silver Stories is most definitely one of the highlights of my week.”
“I hope this project exists in years to come when I know I would gladly welcome a call and a story to make me smile!”