Silver Stories is a charity based in Cornwall, which was created by retired police sergeant David Carney-Haworth OBE and retired primary school Head Elisabeth Carney-Haworth OBE.

Children, “Silver Readers”, telephone older people, “Silver Listeners”, to read to them once a week.

After every ten reading sessions, our Silver Readers can down load a certificate which can be displayed in their schools. By linking readers to older people by telephone, we aim to combat the loneliness and isolation that can be felt by older people, to create intergenerational relationships and to offer children a richer reading experience.

Both David and Elisabeth have witnessed first-hand how magical the relationship between the generations can be. The weekly phone calls arranged by schools to matched older people have created a way in which these relationships can be fostered whilst also benefiting the participating adults and children.

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Our Trustees

Dame Esther Rantzen, DBE

Richard March – Retired Headteacher

Paul Smythe – Manager Community Library

Dr Emma Corrigan – Child Psychologist 

David Carney-Haworth OBE

Elisabeth Carney-Haworth OBE

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