Most Silver Listeners are approached by a local participating school, their care provider or local charities working with isolated older people, who will identify those who they feel would enjoy being read to by children.

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.

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

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.

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