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The Burroughs hits the books for World Read Aloud Day

February 13th 2017

The Burroughs is inviting the local community to attend an exclusive screening of a short film to celebrate World Read Aloud Day.

On Thursday 16th February, the team at The Burroughs will open its doors from 11am for the free screening featuring an international story teller, as well as an interactive reading session.

The film will feature the Storyteller Laureate, Taffy Thomas MBE, performing a story and providing tips and advice for reading aloud.

World Read Aloud Day is an annual event which celebrates the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories, and it is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries.

Care UK has teamed up with the patron of The Society for Storytelling to promote the therapeutic benefits of reading aloud to older people. Taffy is currently the most experienced English storyteller in the country, having performed globally with a repertoire of more than 300 stories.

Home manager, Josephine Thomas, explained why The Burroughs is taking part in World Read Aloud Day. “Reading aloud has many therapeutic benefits for older people. It is calming for those living with dementia, helpful for those with failing eyesight, and soothing for those unable to communicate. It is 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 that people in West Drayton will join us for a delightful afternoon of cream tea, storytelling and the opportunity to discuss favourite books and classic literature.”

Taffy Thomas MBE, Storyteller Laureate and patron of The Society for Storytelling, said: “I’m thrilled to be supporting Care UK with this brilliant initiative to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. I want to help encourage the community in West Drayton 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 local people will join the team and residents at The Burroughs for this special day.”

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Offering a warm welcome, The Burroughs in West Drayton delivers first class compassionate care for your loved one. Our caring professional team at The Burroughs provides person-centred tailored care for your older family member, and whether you are looking for short term respite or specialist dementia care, we are here to help.

Understanding each resident, their likes and dislikes and listening to their life story is the key to ensuring they receive the care that they require. Working closely with you, your family and medical professionals enables our teams to establish a care plan that delivers.

With three bright, sunny conservatories, comfortable lounges and dining rooms, a café and cinema, The Burroughs offers a homely feel. Daily activities include gentle exercises, quizzes, gardening and craft sessions, but if your loved one wishes to help around the home, they are welcome to join in.

Residents can bring treasured possessions to decorate their rooms, helping them settle in and feel at home, allowing you to relax, knowing that they are happy.

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Mill Road
West Drayton
Middlesex
UB7 7EQ

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