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

We have projects in Newcastle, Sheffield, West Sussex, Oldham, Conwy and Stirling. New projects are about to start in Swansea, Edinburgh, Tameside and Stockport in Greater Manchester, and Derry in Northern Ireland.

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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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Horsham, West Sussex

Horsham District Age UK runs Reading Friends projects in West Sussex.

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Newcastle

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

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Enjoying sharing stories at a Reading Friends group

Abbeyfield Society

Abbeyfield set up their first Reading Friends group at Westall House in West Sussex. Following the success of that project they plan to expand to four more care homes.

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Conwy

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

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Meeting at the Library to chat about the local newspapers

Edinburgh and Lothians

Reading Friends in Edinburgh and the Lothians is run by Artlink.

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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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