The RLF’s work in the social sector is part of its public education programme. These projects seek to nurture community and individual resilience, engagement and empowerment. Professional writers work with individuals and groups to:
- support understanding of how language and written communication impact on self and others;
- develop skills in making life-meanings through reading, writing and conversation;
- create new and purposeful connections within and across communities of interest or location.
Social sector projects seek to encourage participants’ sense of identity, location and belonging, and focus on individuals and groups who often experience social exclusion or isolation. This includes among others individuals from ‘marginalised’ groups; people who have experienced neglect, abuse or trauma; older people; people experiencing mental health issues; those involved with the criminal justice system either as perpetrators or victims of crime; military veterans.
Projects have included:
- round table reading and discussion groups with vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers;
- a discussion and writing group with women whose partners are in prison;
- reflective writing with young offenders;
- expressive writing and discussion groups with people recently released from prison;
- reflective writing groups with young LGBTIQ+ people;
- writing for wellbeing with local community groups and residents.
We have also supported better writing in the workplace, working with employees in the NHS, a trade union life-long learning hub and children’s charities.
RLF social sector projects aim to:
- foster public education in writing and reading;
- initiate original ways for writers to engage learners outside conventional creative writing orthodoxies;
- support personal and community change;
- work with a wide range of people in different locations across the nations and regions of the UK and with different types of organisations and client groups;
- offer writing and reading groups that draw on diverse literary reference points;
- promote positive images and challenge stigma;
- operate in a spirit of respect and equality.
Every project is developed in close collaboration with a host organisation so that we can combine their needs with our expertise to create a project that offers fresh and inspiring approaches to reading and writing.
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