A reading charity has won funding from primary-care and mental-health trusts to hold group-reading sessions for service users. The Reader Organisation runs more than eight weekly read-aloud groups for people in GP practices and hospitals throughout Merseyside. Reading aloud raises self-esteem and confidence and improves people's concentration and vocabulary. There is no set list of books although novels, poetry and biographies have proved more popular than non-fiction.
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