If an older person would like a child to read to them once a week at a mutually convenient time, they should contact the charity via our contact page and we will try to link them with a school that has joined our service.
Data collection and protection
Silver Stories is a simple but effective way of using the telephone to create intergenerational contact, connecting Silver Readers (children who are undertaking the reading) with Silver Listeners (older people who would welcome this contact). All telephone conversations will be witnessed by a teacher or parent.
By taking part as a Silver Listener you are giving consent for your name and contact telephone number to be shared either with a school or with a parent of a Silver Reader. These details will be kept in a secure Silver Stories database which is only accessed by members of the Silver Stories team. If you decide to stop taking part in Silver Stories and you contact us to inform us of this decision, we will then remove your contact details from the database.
By taking part as the parent/carer of a Silver Reader you are giving consent for your name and your child’s name to be shared with a Silver Listener. These details will be kept in a secure Silver Stories database which is only accessed by members of the Silver Stories team. If reading as part of school participation, the charity will not record your child’s details. If you decide to stop taking part in Silver Stories and you contact us to inform us of this decision, we will then remove your contact details from the database.
There will be an exchange of information such as name and telephone number of a Silver Listener between Silver Stories and a participating school.
The parent/ responsible adult/school is asked to make an initial contact with the Silver Listener to arrange a regular time and day for the Silver Reader to read a story or poem.
“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.”
“The children leave the room with a beaming smile, full of pride, as they head back to their classroom.”
“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!”
“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”
“The children are always so eager to share a story or poem with the elderly members of our community.”
“Silver Stories is most definitely one of the highlights of my week.”