Read aloud connects people with each other

31 January 2018 pac

Toddlers listen breathlessly to a homecare client who is the first read-aloud for the first time.
That was the picture this week at Partou Kinderopvang at the Laan Copes van Cattenburch in The Hague. The initiators are Tim Schwencke, director of Home Instead Home Service The Hague, and Melanie Sabelis, location manager at Partou Kinderopvang. “Reading aloud connects people with each other, and connection is the answer to loneliness,” says Tim Schwencke, director Home Instead Home Service The Hague. With this initiative, the National Reading Days, which started January 24, were given an extra nice touch in The Hague.

The idea arose during the Inspiration Lunch ‘The Hague beats loneliness’ in September last year. Melanie Sabelis, branch manager at the relevant Partou childcare location: “Naturally, the use of preschool readings and -opa’s in childcare is not new, but the efforts of home care clients and the cooperation between our two companies are. We are proud that in this way we can connect home care clients and children. It has added value for everyone! ”

Both initiators are members of the Hague Community against Loneliness, a platform of entrepreneurs and companies from various sectors that work together with employees of social and interest groups to combat and prevent loneliness in The Hague.

There are more and more initiatives to get citizens of Hagen who feel lonely out of their isolation. The Dutch business community, institutions and organizations and the municipality work together in this. Alderman Karsten Klein (including Zorg) supports this initiative, and was present on January 25th at the first reading session of what will hopefully be a long series.

For more information, not for publication:
For questions you can call Hilde Maasland (secretary Community against Loneliness), 06-12980838, or Eric Stolwijk (spokesperson Karsten Klein), 06-11883860.
For more information about the Community: see