“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.
Groups we work with include looked after children, people in recovery from substance mis-use, prisoners, individuals living with dementia, parents, teachers, people with mental and physical health conditions and many more.
Our ambition is that Shared Reading will become so widespread that everyone, whoever they are, wherever they are, can access one of our groups. We are building a movement of Readers, so that Shared Reading will become part of everyday life.
At our headquarters in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park we are transforming the historic Calderstones Mansion into The International Centre for Shared Reading.
The Storybarn, our interactive story-centre for children to explore, share and discover a love of books and storytelling, instills a love of reading from a young age.
Jane Davis, founder and director of The Reader, discusses the history and importance of Shared Reading.
Read more: Our Values and Beliefs.