Amateur Play Reading

Amateur Play Reading

Play reading for beginners in Miles Platting at St. George’s Community Centre. Open for everyone (adults).

Benefit of reading

Reading has been linked to a wide range of benefits and has been shown to have a positive effect on health and wellbeing, intellectual, personal and social outcomes. Reading for pleasure is associated with a greater sense of community and social inclusion, as well as having positive effects on mental wellbeing. For adults, it can lead to improved confidence and social skills and it improves educational attainment for children. Shared reading groups can improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation.


St Georges Community Centre in Miles Platting with potential to start more groups in other parts of the city

Project team

Theatre Trippers

St. George’s Community Centre in Miles Platting



Mike Bishop leader of Theatre Trippers came up with idea to start play reading group for amateurs. The idea was met with good interest from members of Theatre Trippers and local residents. Mike and Ged contacted buzz to talk about the project and we decided to support it. Mike and Ged will organize meeting for everyone interested in August.


Sadly this is currently on hold due to Covid-19 but we have had expressed interest so hope it will be successful.

Strategic links to local/national policies



Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Social inclusion

More engaged in community

Manchester Population Health Plan

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Reduces health inequalities (as a result of improved literacy)

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

Increased educational attainment

Our Manchester Strategy

Research/evidence base

Clark and Rumbold (2006), National Literacy Trust- Reading For Pleasure: A research overview

Department for Education: Education Standards Research Team (2012)- Research evidence on reading for pleasure

Reading Agency (2015)- Literature Review: The impact of reading for pleasure and empowerment

The Reader (2019)- Stronger Foundation for the Future: Growing shared reading with support from the second half fund

The Reader (2017)- What Literature Can Do: An investigation into the effectiveness of Shared Reading as a whole population health intervention


Anna Jarawka - Neighbourhood Health Worker

T: 07342 630 494

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