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 this programme with funding from the Big Lottery 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.

Find out more about our work through our newsfeed, by joining our mailing list or following us on Twitter.

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Reading the Lost Words back to life

Words related to nature are disappearing from the English language, and together with the The Earth Science partnership we're helping…
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New Reading Friends sites announced

To mark the launch of phase two of the programme we've announced new Reading Friends sites.
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Behind the scenes

To celebrate the launch of Reading Friends we teamed up with Right Thing Films to make a special film to…
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