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

Our projects are delivered in partnership with local organisations, including public libraries, community groups and other charities. Find out about opportunities to volunteer or participate in Reading Friends sessions in your local area, by clicking on the map above or entering your postcode. If nothing appears, please register your interest below.

COVID-19 update: Some Reading Friends projects have been temporarily suspended or will be running over the phone or virtually instead. You can contact your local coordinator to see what opportunities are available, however please be aware that responses may be delayed. In the meantime, take a look at our Stay Connected! resources for 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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Newcastle

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

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West Sussex

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

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Flintshire

Find out more about the exciting virtual Reading Friends project run by Aura Libraries, in Flintshire.

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Hammersmith and Fulham

Hammersmith and Fulham are part of a new partnership of 10 library authorities delivering Reading Friends across London.

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Cardiff

Coming soon – a great new Reading Friends project run by Cardiff Libraries.

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