Become a Shared Reading Organiser

Are you one of those people who can make things happen?

Whether it’s coordinating a charity coffee morning in the office, managing to get all your busy friends round the same table for a monthly book club or rallying the neighbours to join a litter-pick on a Saturday morning – if you’ve got the know how, we need you.

We’re building a national movement and we need local know-how. 

We want to bring Shared Reading into every community across the UK – in care homes, libraries, workplaces, cafes, community centres – but we can’t do that alone. We need Shared Reading Organisers to help us get groups off the ground at a grassroots level – supporting volunteers who run the groups, finding venues to host them and connecting with local business and community leaders who can help grow this exciting movement.

This is a full-on volunteer role, and one that you might need to share with one or more people but you’ll be the driving force behind your local Shared Reading network – connecting the dots between the people who really need it and those who can make it happen.

It may sound like a big undertaking, but you’ll be making real, meaningful change happen in your local community. Last year, our group members said:

  • 94% enjoy getting to know new people in the group1
  • 92% generally feel better after attending the group2
  • 92% feel relaxed in the group3

Reader Story – “Part of something much bigger”

As a volunteer for The Reader, you don’t feel like you’re working for them – you’re working with them. . .

Helen, Shared Reading Organiser,Shropshire

You’ll be working closely with The Reader team and we’ll be on hand with all the training, mentoring and ongoing support you need so if you think you could you lead your own local reading revolution then we want to hear from you.

How can you get involved?

There are two ways that you can volunteer as a Shared Reading Organiser. You may want to focus on just one side of the role or you may be up for the challenge of taking on both, either way, we’ll help you make it happen.


If you’re a To-do List King or a Spreadsheet Queen with the local know-how to support the logistics of Shared Reading groups, a Strategic role might be for you.

This varied role could include: seeking out new volunteers, talking to local journalists to help spread the word or canvassing businesses in the area to support Shared Reading


If you’re more of a People-Person who wants to build community and help others reach their full potential, you could be the perfect Mentor to support other volunteers in your area.

This could include creating peer-support sessions and social get-togethers, or being a listening ear when a Volunteer needs to talk through a tough Shared Reading session (or a really fantastic one they just need to tell someone about!)

Be part of the story. . . 

Interesting in finding out more? Let’s have a chat. Pop your details in the form below and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.




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1 Out of 412 respondents, April 2016 – March 2017
2 Out of 515 respondents, April 2016 – March 2017
3 Out of 435 respondents, April 2016 – March 2017

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