Welcome to The Reader

“You need it, you just don’t know you need it”

Shared Reading group member

Since 2008, The Reader has pioneered the use of Shared Reading to improve well-being, reduce social isolation and build resilience in diverse communities across the UK and beyond.

We inspire and support people to read great literature aloud together. This simple idea changes lives and builds communities.

Use the menu above to discover what we do or scroll down to find out more about our latest news.

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The Reader Friends

Make your story part of ours

In Liverpool’s Calderstones Park, and in Shared Reading groups across the UK, The Reader brings people together. From magical children’s storytelling, to Shared Reading in care homes, we open up the wonderful world of literature to people young and old. Our work is proven to help reduce social isolation, improve health and well-being, develop skills and build communities.

“The reading groups are a different kind of medicine and it’s through them that I’ve found a way back to life.”
Daniel, Shared Reading Group Member, Birkenhead

We’re now opening a new chapter for The Reader and we’d like you to be part of it. We want to:

  • grow our national movement of volunteer Readers to bring Shared Reading to more people in the communities in which they live.
  • build a community at Calderstones Park that is based around reading and the wonderful heritage and nature on site.

Like anybody with a dream, we need Friends to help us make it a reality.

What do you get as a Reader Friend?

Every year we want to do something to bring The Reader Friends together. Early in 2018, along with our Patron, award-winning novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions, Cosmic, 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), we will get in touch to ask for something that means something truly special to you. Frank will create The Reader Friends’ story from your contributions. Your story will become part of ours.

As well as this unique way of being part of The Reader, Friends will also receive:

  • a welcome pack including a tote bag and a copy of The Reader’s anthology Poets Don’t Lie — the perfect addition to any bookshelf.
  • a Friends card entitling you 20% off all in-person purchases at The Reader Café, Ice Cream Parlour, and The Storybarn.
  • an exclusive quarterly newsletter, keeping you up to date on the impact of your support.
  • a personal invitation to the launch of The International Centre for Shared Reading at Calderstones in 2018.

Families can take advantage of all of these benefits plus four tickets to The Storybarn, The Reader’s interactive story centre for children at Calderstones Park, for £6 per month (£72 per year).

Pass it forward. Reader Friendship makes a unique present for any occasion while making a real difference in the community.

Become a friend now

Email friends@thereader.org.uk for more information or call
0151 729 2200.


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Shared Reading North West

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.

Get in touch and be part of the story…

For further information on these volunteering opportunities come along to a Shared Reading Information Workshop – you’ll find all the details of our upcoming events here:

Date/Time Event
Wednesday 27 September 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Calderstones: Shared Reading Information Workshop 27 Sept The Coach House, Calderstones Park,
Wednesday 18 October 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Calderstones: Shared Reading Information Workshop 18 Oct The Coach House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool
Wednesday 29 November 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Calderstones: Shared Reading Information Workshop 29 November Coach House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool

Already attended a Shared Reading Information Workshop?

If you have already attended a Shared Reading Information Workshop and are interested in one of our volunteering roles, click here to send us your details. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

For more details email volunteer@thereader.org.uk 

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