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.

The Reading Agency has developed the programme with funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. We work in partnership with Scottish Book Trust, Literature Wales and Verbal in Northern Ireland to deliver Reading Friends across the UK.

Reading Friends has been co-created with older people and tested for the past year with local project partners. Our groups meet regularly in venues including libraries, care homes and community centres. Our projects also arrange one-to-one sessions.

We work with volunteers of all ages to build social connections, using reading to spark conversations. Together, we reach some of the most vulnerable members of our society: older people, people with dementia and carers.

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Reading Friends in West Sussex

We launch with West Sussex Libraries

West Sussex Libraries have been supporting Reading Friends since the start of the programme in 2017. Now, they're starting their…
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Luisa from Ignite Imaginations and Anita from Sheffield Museums

Reading Friends in Museums

Reading Friends in Sheffield has been going strong since 2017. We partner with Dementia Action Alliance in Sheffield, and our…
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Oldham’s forgotten refugees

Reading Friends in Oldham meet regularly to chat and share stories. Some of the stories they share uncover secrets about…
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