The Reader – Bringing people together and books to life.
The Reader - Bringing people together and books to life.
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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Volunteer – We need you!
Do you enjoy discovering and sharing great stories and poems? Love meeting new people? Want to make a difference in your local community?
If so, Shared Reading could be just the thing for you.
And you could be just the person for us.
New skills, new challenges
A real sense of achievement
Read more, read differently
Meet new people
Make a difference in your local community
• 95% of volunteers feel more connected to other people* • 97% of volunteers gain a sense of achievement.*
We’re building a movement of volunteers to bring Shared Reading to communities across the UK so that everyone, whoever they are, wherever they are, can find a group near them. To make this happen WE NEED YOUR HELP!
How can you get involved?
Avg 4 hours p/w
Commitment: Flexible, hands-on
Commitment: Flexible, light touch
“The Reader is the best organisation I have ever belonged to, as a group member and a volunteer”
” I’ve been telling everyone about Shared Reading and I don’t go anywhere without a few flyers in my bag to pass on” Read John’s Story
Not quite sure how you can help? Pop your details in the form below and let’s have a chat.
There’s lots of ways to get involved, whether it’s reading on a hospital ward, setting up a group in a care home, or telling someone about Shared Reading in their local library – you can be part of the story!
*out of 39 respondents, September 2016 – February 2017
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Become a friend
Support The Reader’s charitable work and access exclusive membership benefits.
The Reader is a registered charity – support from our family of Friends directly helps us spark personal and social change, by bringing people together and books to life.
To say thank you, Friends get a special selection of treats:
a warm welcome from The Reader, including a tote bag and one of our popular anthologies.
invites to special events and exclusive creative projects involving our patrons.
20% discount on all purchases at The Reader Cafe and Ice Cream Parlour.
20% discount on tickets to our imaginative children’s play space, The Storybarn.
four digital news updated a year to keep you informed about the impact of your support.
“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte
“that in itself is a tremendous thing.” – Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
The Reader’s Penny Readings, inspired by Charles Dickens’ journeys around the country sharing his work, was a night our literary friend would have been proud of. More than 400 volunteers, Shared Reading group members and members of the public joined us in St George’s Hall for a variety show quite unlike any other. It was …
In 2017, The Reader delivered a training course in Uppsala for twelve librarians working in the city and in nearby Stockholm. This year, we’ll be returning to the region to work with 18 more participants, including librarians and teachers from adult education associations, who want to bring Shared Reading into their communities. Following the intense three-day …