Reading Friends is a UK-wide programme with projects across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Our projects are run in partnership with local organisations, including public libraries, community groups and other charities. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer or participate in Reading Friends sessions. Click on the map to find a project near you or register your interest using the form below.

COVID-19 update: Please note that during these difficult times, some Reading Friends projects have been temporarily suspended or will be running differently. You can contact your local coordinator to see what opportunities are available, however please be aware that responses may be delayed due to organisations being closed or individuals self-isolating. In the meantime, take a look at our Stay Connected! resources which give plenty of tips, activities, ideas, links and resources to support you during this time.

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Sheffield

In Sheffield, Dementia Action Alliance is working across the city to run regular groups.

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Reading Friends in Stirling

Stirling

Reading Friends in Stirling is led by the Library Service. Sessions are offered in partnership with local schools, care homes, prisons and LinkAge.

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Oldham

Oldham

In Oldham, the Library Service runs local projects in partnership with Royton Springboard Community Centre and Oldham Council’s Thriving Communitites team.

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Ann and Alison

Newcastle

Newcastle Library is working with a range of organisations to bring Reading Friends to people across the city.

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Abbeyfield

Abbeyfield runs Reading Friends in two of its care homes.

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Jane and Ifor ap Glyn

Conwy

Reading Friends in Conwy is led by the library service in partnership with Conwy Voluntary Services Council.

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Swansea

Reading Friends works with the Health Board and university in Swansea.

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Enjoying sharing stories at a Reading Friends group

West Sussex

West Sussex Library Service is delivering Reading Friends sessions across the area.

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