Primary and Secondary Schools identify the Silver Readers, those children who would enjoy reading to older people, and would benefit from the experience. Silver Readers then make phone calls to the Silver Listeners from school, often during  the schools’ lunch-time, with a member of staff present.

If parents think that their child would like to be a Silver Reader, they should approach the child’s school to discuss their participation.

If your child’s school is not, and does not wish to be part of Silver Stories, please contact us directly and we will help to find a Silver Listener for your child.

Schools can select their Silver Readers from any year group/s or select children from a range of different year groups.

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  • The children can read short stories, a chapter from a longer book or a poem.
  • What is read can be a joint decision between the member of school staff and the child, it is important children feel enthusiastic about the pieces they read.
  • It is worth considering choosing books which do not rely upon pictures to make sense of the story, or if they do, encouraging the child to describe the pictures to the Silver Listener.
  • It is helpful for the member of the school staff to record any comments made by the Silver Listeners and Readers and share these with the Charity.
  • Telephone calls can start and end with a short conversation between the child, the member of school staff and the Silver Listener.
  • 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 Silver Listener, 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.
  • Please contact the charity via our contact page to start the conversation.

Thank you for your support!

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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 readers and schools to enrol in the Silver Stories scheme. To take part or learn more please get in touch...
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