A WORCESTER care home is opening its doors to the community for an exclusive screening of a short film to celebrate ‘World Read Aloud Day’.
Care UK’s Perry Manor Care Home, on Charles Hastings Way, will show the free screening tomorrow (Thursday), where internationally acclaimed storyteller laureate,
Taffy Thomas MBE, will perform a story and provide tips and advice for reading aloud.
Taffy is currently the most experienced English storyteller in the country, having performed globally with a repertoire of more than 300 stories.
The care home has also invited Key Stage 1 pupils from Lypard Grange Primary School to take part in the event.
World Read Aloud Day is an annual event which celebrates the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories, with millions of people from more than 100 countries taking part.
Mr Thomas, who is a patron of The Society for Storytelling, said: “I’m thrilled to be supporting Care UK with this brilliant project to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. I want to help encourage the community in Worcester to share the benefits of storytelling and embrace the power of reading aloud, as no matter what their age or ability, this is an activity for all.
“I hope the local community will join the Care UK team and residents at Perry Manor for this special day.”
Katherine Matthews, home manager at Perry Manor, said: “Reading aloud has many therapeutic benefits for older people. It’s calming for those living with dementia, helpful for those with failing eyesight and soothing for those unable to communicate.
“It’s also an enjoyable activity that family and friends can do with their loved one when paying them a visit.
“The film really brings to life the benefits of reading aloud. Taffy is an incredibly expressive storyteller and he really transports listeners to the fictional worlds in his stories.
“We hope people in Worcester will join us for a delightful morning of storytelling and discussing our favourite books and classic literature.”
The event starts at 11am.
Visit www.careuk.com/care-homes/perry-manor-worcester for more information.