The Reader

Keep reading and stay connected

The Reader is a national organisation that works to bring people together and books to life. They do this through shared reading, a simple yet powerful tool to get everyone talking and moods lifted.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, The Reader is transforming the way we deliver shared reading - using digital platforms, telephone and social media to offer company and connection wherever we can.

You can find out more about everything The Reader has to offer and register your interest on their website: 

The Reader at home(external link)

There are lots of ways you can get involved - you'll see there is something for everybody!

  • Readings for testing times: Curated reads to relax to, available online via the volunteer newsletter and through social media for all volunteers, group members, partners and the general public
  • Digital shared reading: Videos of readings to relax to. Live-streamed Shared Reading sessions on Facebook. Online Shared Reading groups held via Zoom
  • Shared reading on the phone: For absolutely everyone who signs up
  • Life lines: Print-ready Shared Reading activity packs for organisations looking for creative activitis for their communities
  • The virtual mansion house: Weekly blogs and digital archive pieces bringing the history of The Reader’s home to your front room
  • For children and families: Storybarn read of the week and recommended texts. Weekly Storybarn Facebook Live sessions
  • For those in the criminal justice sector: Pre-prepared, easy to print activity packs for prison residents to enjoy in-cell
  • For care homes and mental health wards: Reading bundles and a DIY Shared Reading Guide for settings needing activity for residents
  • Volunteer engagement, retention and support: Twice-weekly online Shared Reading sessions and monthly support sessions for all our volunteers

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Page last updated:

February 9, 2023

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