If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” 
Rudyard Kipling

The Reader has pioneered Shared Reading for twenty years.  We are the world authority on how to develop and support Shared Reading groups on a local, regional and national scale. We champion the power of reading to improve well-being, reduce social isolation and build resilience in diverse communities across the UK and beyond. Our vision is for Shared Reading to take root in every community in the UK and become part of our national fabric so that everyone, wherever they are, can access a group near them.

For comment, interviews or information, please contact Martin Gallagher-Mitchell: 0151 729 2200

The Latest News

Celebrate heritage, creators and community with The Reader and Independent Liverpool

Announcing The Reader’s Courtyard Fair in partnership with Independent Liverpool, Calderstones Park, Saturday 9 September 2017 In partnership with Independent Liverpool, The Reader is delighted to announce a bumper programme of family fun, crafts and community activity to celebrate Heritage Open Days at Calderstones Park this September. Showcasing the vibrant creative culture of the city, …

Shared Reading North West: For the community, by the community

40+ partners and 800 volunteers to join forces to transform North West health and well-being with innovative Shared Reading programme The Reader, a national charity based in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park, has announced a major investment creating a new collaborative community-led strategy for the North West. Over the next two years, the Shared Reading North West …

Yours Magazine: The woman leading a quiet reading revolution

“Reading changed my life. It gives you a bit of space; it’s an escape into a place where you can imagine yourself different.” The Reader’s founder and director Jane Davis speaks to Carole Richardson for Yours Magazine Wonder Women series. Published Tuesday 18 July. Read the full interview here.

Help isolated older people in your community 

Shared Reading brings a voice to the people who need it most  A national charity based in Liverpool, has today invited applications from across the country, for a new training programme which aims to reduce social isolation and improve the mental health and well-being of older people. Fully-funded for two years, The Reader welcomes applications from community groups, individuals and small organisations who wish …

The Reader feature in APPG Arts, Health & Wellbeing report

“The time has come to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to our health and wellbeing.” So reads the opening lines of a recent report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, which features the work of The Reader. Presenting two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with key individuals …

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