Where We Work

The Reader first came to being around a kitchen table in Merseyside in 2002 – since then we’ve delivered Shared Reading across the UK and beyond. 

Since 2002, The Reader has developed a prominent presence across the North West, delivering Shared Reading in community, health, education and criminal justice settings across the region. We also work with partners in London and the South West where established Reader communities continue to grow.

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Our innovative work in the Criminal Justice sector has brought Shared Reading into prisons and probation settings across the UK – we read with offenders and ex-offenders from the North East to Norfolk, Belfast to Broadmoor.

And Shared Reading has gone international. The Reader works with partner organisations in Australia, Belgium and Denmark. Find out more about our international partners.

Our Reader family of staff, volunteers, and partners are working hard to bring Shared Reading to every community in the UK and beyond and we’re proud to lead the movement from our home in Liverpool. The Reader have been influential in making Liverpool the UK’s foremost City of Readers, and in 2014 we signed a 125 year lease for Calderstones Mansion House where we’re developing The International Centre for Shared Reading.

The Reader is becoming recognised as a major social enterprise and is without doubt a fantastic ambassador for Liverpool.”

Christopher Graves, Tudor Trust

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