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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Sadaf and Radha chat and share stories

Sheffield

In Sheffield, Dementia Action Alliance is working with Upperthorpe Library, Woodseats Library and Northern General Hospital 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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Karen and Tea

Horsham, West Sussex

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

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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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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 and Age Connects.

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Meeting at the Library to chat about the local newspapers

Edinburgh and Lothians

A new project is getting started in Edinburgh and the Lothians, run by Artlink.

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Newcastle

Swansea

Reading Friends is getting underway in Swansea with the Health Board.

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Enjoying sharing stories at a Reading Friends group

West Sussex

West Sussex Library Service is getting ready to start Reading Friends in the autumn of 2018.

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