Welcome to The Reader

We are the pioneers of Shared Reading – a simple idea that changes lives. 

By bringing people together to read great literature aloud we are improving well-being, reducing social isolation and building stronger communities across the UK and beyond. 

We want to make Shared Reading so widespread that everyone, whoever they are, wherever they are, can access one of our groups. To make that possible we’re building a movement of Readers. Could you be part of the story? 

“You need it, you just don’t know you need it”
Shared Reading group member

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The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Many of us find it difficult to open up about our mental health, recent statistics show nearly 8 million people over the age of 55 have experienced depression or anxiety. In an ageing society it’s a growing concern.

At The Reader, we bring people together through Shared Reading – weekly groups where stories and poems are read aloud for everyone to enjoy. It’s a friendly space where people can talk and form connections with the literature as well as with each other. It’s a simple idea but has huge impact.


Want to be part of the story? How can you help?

Or simply help us spread the word:

Every £1 DOUBLED!

Thanks to The Big Give, we have an incredible opportunity to raise £50,000 to train and support new volunteers to bring Shared Reading to care homes and community settings. For every £1 you give, our sponsors will double it, so your generosity goes even further.

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Every penny makes a difference!

  • Donate £10 to give one Shared Reading group enough stories and poems to spark conversation and connections for a month.
  • Donate £50 to help run a Shared Reading group for a week, giving up to 12 older people the opportunity to spend some quality time together.
  • Donate £150 to give a volunteer Reader Leader the ongoing training and support they need to keep their Shared Reading group running for a whole year.

    Who will I help?

    Your donation will help change the lives of some of the UK’s most isolated people. By training volunteers and supporting them to run their own Shared Reading groups we can help older people live healthy, fulfilling lives.

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Shared Reading North West

The Reader is building a volunteer-led movement across the North West. Shared Reading has been proven to promote better health and well-being, to increase social inclusion and we want to make it part of every community across the North West. We’re bringing people together to build a region-wide, volunteer-led movement and we want to hear from you!

Could you run a Shared Reading group in your workplace or local library? Could you help to spread the word of new Shared Reading groups in your area? Do you have the experience or skills to support other volunteers?

Volunteers will become part of region-wide network and will receive full training and ongoing support.

Read more about our Shared Reading North West partners.

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Get in touch and be part of the story…

To learn more about our volunteering opportunities why not come along to one of our Shared Reading Coffee Mornings – you’ll find all the details of our upcoming events here:

Date/Time Event
Monday 27 November 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Roby Community Hub: Shared Reading Coffee Morning 27 November Roby Community Hub, Roby
Tuesday 28 November 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Volunteer Recruitment Event: Norton Priory 28 November Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Windmill Hill
Wednesday 29 November 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Calderstones: Shared Reading Coffee Morning 29 November Coach House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool
Wednesday 29 November 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Strand By Me: Shared Reading Coffee Morning 29 Nov Strand By Me, Bootle Liverpool
Thursday 30 November 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Box The Box, Shopping City, Runcorn
Friday 1 December 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Halewood Library: Shared Reading Coffee Morning 1 Dec Halewood Library, Roseheath Drive Halewood
Friday 1 December 2017
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Wirral Shared Reading Celebration Wirral Deen Centre, Birkenhead
Saturday 2 December 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Reader's Christmas Courtyard Fair with Independent Liverpool The Storybarn, Calderstones Park, Liverpool, Liverpool England
Tuesday 5 December 2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Huyton Library: Shared Reading Coffee Morning 5 Dec Huyton Library, Knowsley
Thursday 7 December 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Box The Box, Shopping City, Runcorn

Or send get in touch and we’ll get back to you:

You can also email volunteer@thereader.org.uk or speak to us on 0151 729 2200.

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Prinovis UK gift The Storybarn’s literary adventure to schoolchildren in Garston

Christmas came early for the pupils of Banks Road Primary Schools this week as The Reader’s Storyhunters brought the magic of The Storybarn into the classroom thanks to the sponsorship of Speke-based printing specialists, Prinovis UK. As ongoing partners of The Reader and signatories to the National Literacy Trust’s Vision for Literacy Business Pledge, Prinovis …

Major investment announced to improve the lives of children in the North West

The Reader, a national charity based in Liverpool, today announced a £373,000 investment from the Steve Morgan Foundation. The charity was thrilled to confirm that the investment, supporting their families programme, will significantly improve the life chances of children living across the North West. Working with a range of partners across the region, The Reader …

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