The Reading Agency

Reading Friends brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends and have fun. We use reading – whether books, magazines, newspapers, or anything else – to start everyone chatting. It creates social connections and takes a person-centred approach, building on interests and hobbies to get people talking. We aren’t a traditional reading group and people taking part in Reading Friends don’t need to be ‘readers’ as reading is used as a conversation starter, to create connections and to help people get to know each other.

Reading Friends is delivered across the UK by public libraries. Take a look at what’s happening near you. If there isn’t anything local to you, you can register your interest for the future, as we’re hoping to be able to expand in the future.

Information for volunteers

Reading Friends brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends and have fun. We use reading – whether books, magazines, newspapers, or anything else – to start everyone chatting. It creates social connections and takes a person-centred approach, building on interests and hobbies to get people talking. We aren’t a traditional reading group and people taking part in Reading Friends don’t need to be ‘readers’ as reading is used as a conversation starter, to create connections and to help people get to know each other.

Everyone involved is a Reading Friend, we just all have different roles. Reading Befrienders lead or support sessions – finding reading materials and facilitating conversations with discussion questions and ideas – where needed. Often we find once conversations start flowing, there’s not too much facilitating required!

Reading Friends is delivered across the UK by public libraries. Take a look at what’s happening near you. If there isn’t anything local to you, you can register your interest for the future, as we’re hoping to be able to expand in the future.

Contact

Natalie Frost
The Reading Agency
The Reading Agency
24 Bedford Row
London
WC1R 4EH