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Literature Wales' film highlights the impact of Reading Friends in Wales

Written by Bob Gelsthorpe
18 April 2019

Literature Wales have been leading on the delivery of Reading Friends in Wales since the start of the project. They were recently approached by The Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network (WAHWN), in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales to produce a film highlighting the impact of Reading Friends.

Loneliness in Wales

In National Survey 2016-17 of Wales 17% of people who responded were lonely. This would be equal to around 440,000 people in the country. Literature Wales works with Conwy Library Service and Swansea Bay University Health Board to tackle loneliness in Wales through Reading FriendsAs shown in the recent government response many organisations, including these, are adopting different approaches to tackle the issue

Reading Friends in Wales, our film

Literature Wales advocates for the role of literature in health and wellbeing, and the transformative power of reading and sharing of storiesA link to advocacy film is below: 

Literature Wales’ Chief Executive, Lleucu Siencyn, presented the film to the cross party group on Arts and Health. The audience included Assembly Members, Health Boards, and NHS Confederation representatives. These organisations are finding ways that the arts can benefit the physical and mental wellbeing of people in Wales

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Join Reading Friends in Conwy, and Swansea. You can also find out more about more about the Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network here.

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