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, joining gift includes 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 (2 tickets for Individual Friends, 4 tickets for Family Friends)*
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
Ancient monoliths preserved for future generations in a new home at the heart of Calderstones Park The Calder Stones, which are among the UK’s oldest and most significant monuments, have today returned to the North West following specialist conservation work in London. Overseen by national charity, The Reader, the Stones are now set to be …
Thriving Boston Shared Reading community led by dedicated volunteer gets opportunity to build a reading revolution with more volunteers reading aloud The Reader has launched a call for new volunteers to read aloud together in the Lincolnshire community thanks to the hard work of local volunteer organiser, Jenni Robbs. Boston currently has two Shared Reading …