Who We Work With

Our mission is to make Shared Reading part of everyday life so that everyone, wherever they are can access a group and benefit from improved well-being, reduced social isolation and a stronger community. To make this happen we are working with a diverse range of partners from public commissioners and trusts and foundations to corporate and commercial businesses.


Working with partners all over the world, Nesta bring national governments and global technology firms together with grassroots groups to make change happen. 

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) helps to drive growth, enrich lives and grow businesses and communities by investing in innovation.


Through the Second Half Fund, Nesta and Department for Digital, Media and Sport are supporting The Reader’s Shared Reading North West project to create over 200 new Shared Reading groups across the region. This community-led project will mobilise the time and talents of over 800 people aged 50+ to help others in their communities. 

Also partnering with The Reader, Nesta and Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on Shared Reading North West are:



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South West Region of Readers

  Borough of Poole

Borough of Poole provides a wide range of council services across the Poole area.

  Bournemouth Borough Council

Bournemouth Borough Council is the unitary authority responsible for local government in Bournemouth, Dorset.

  Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council provide services including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking.

  Dorset County Council

Dorset County Council and district councils cover Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth.

  Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund

This programme support projects that develop innovative library service activity to benefit disadvantaged people and places in England.

  Literature Works

Literature Works SW – Nurturing literature development in South West England.

  South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire is a unitary authority area in South West England. It comprises multiple suburban areas to the north and east of Bristol.

  South Western Regional Library Services

SWRLS (South Western Regional Library Service) acts as an advocate for libraries across the South West.

  Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council is the unitary authority for most of the ceremonial county of Wiltshire, in the West of England.

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London and Barnet

  Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

They provide a wide range of NHS community nursing and healthcare services across London and Hertfordshire.

City Bridge

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates. It was established to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London.

  Jewish Care

Jewish Care are the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the South East.

  Tri-Borough Library Service 

Tri-borough is a joint project between the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

  West London Mental Health NHS Trust 

West London Mental Health NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health services in England. We provide care and treatment for around 62,570 people each year and serve a local population of around 700,000 residents in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow.

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Criminal Justice

  HMP Frankland

HMP Frankland is a High Security prison holding Category A, Category A High Risk and Category B adult males.  

   HMP Low Newton

Low Newton serves the courts in the catchment area from the Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire across to North Cumbria. All remand females aged 18 and over are held and all sentenced female prisoners 18 or over can serve out their sentence, including lifers.

  National Personality Disorder Team, Dept. of Health/Home Office

Personality disorder is a complex psycho-social disorder. It affects between 4 and 11% of the UK population, 50% of offenders managed by probation services, and 60-70% of prisoners.

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Other partners

  BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged.

  Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

A community and mental health trust, providing a wide range of services to people of all ages living in Berkshire. 

  Big Lottery Wales

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery. This totals over £650 million each year.

  Birkenhead Foundation Years Trust

Parents and carers are at the heart of the Trust’s programme.  Their goal is to provide nation-wide support to lead their children’s development in the early years through promoting parents’ valuable role as their children’s first educators.

  Devon Library Service

Devon Library Service coordinate the 50 libraries and 4 mobiles in Devon. Visit www.devon.gov.uk/libraries for more info.

  Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society.

  Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust joined forces with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust on 1 January 2017. The new Trust is responsible for mental health services in Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and beyond.

  Heritage Lottery Fund

HLF distribute the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK.

  John Ellerman Foundation

An independent grantmaking foundation – supporting charities that make a practical difference to people, society and the natural world.

   Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City Council presents a range of events throughout the year featuring family-friendly entertainment, unique stalls and delicious food.

  Liverpool Hope University

With a history extending more than 170 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines.

  Liverpool Learning Partnership

The Liverpool Learning Partnership (LLP) was set up by school and education leaders to ensure the needs of all learners are prioritised. Known as ‘The Liverpool Family of Schools’, LLP has 99% of schools engaged in the Partnership from all phases of education: early years through to students in FE.

  Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Providing health and social care to people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset.

  Phoenix Futures

The Phoenix Futures Group is a charity and housing association which has been helping people overcome drug and alcohol problems for more than 45 years.

  Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

They provide many medical services for many illnesses and also run an accident and emergency service at the Royal Liverpool University hospital.

  Sefton Council for Voluntary Service

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) is an independent registered charity that supports local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector activity across Sefton, Merseyside.

  Social Business Trust

SBT’s mission is to support high growth potential social enterprises to scale-up their impact. They do that by investing cash grants and professional support from our eight partner organisations in a carefully selected portfolio of social enterprises.

  Social Investment Business 

Social Investment Business provide loans, grants & strategic support to charities & social enterprises to help them change the lives of the people they work with.

  Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council is the county council of Somerset in the South West of England, an elected local government authority responsible for the most significant local government services in most of the county. 

  The Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust is a do tank. They commission regular research to influence policy and to inform our programmes to improve social mobility through education.

  The Tudor Trust 

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK.

  University of Liverpool

For the advancement of learning and ennoblement of life since 1881.


  Unwin Trust 

The Unwin Charitable Trust is a fund held on trust for the promotion and furtherance of the commercial education of those in the book trade.


  Woodchurch High School, Wirral 

Woodchurch High School is a very successful, over-subscribed co-educational Church of England school. The popularity of the school is attributable to a proven record of high standards in all aspects of school life including leadership and management, excellent examination results, a well ordered disciplined environment, excellent relationships within the school, with parents / carers and the community.

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