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 local community-based delivery partners and at the beginning of 2021 we started expanding through public library services in England. Reading Friends runs in different ways and at the moment is taking place over the phone and/or online, so take a look to see 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 further later in 2021.

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 local community-based delivery partners and at the beginning of 2021 we started expanding through public library services in England. Reading Friends runs in different ways and at the moment is taking place over the phone and/or online, so take a look to see 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 further later in 2021.

Contact

The Reading Agency
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
London
EC1R 3GA