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“I've found a real sense of community and belonging in my group. It has helped me to come out of isolation when not very well. I've really enjoyed discovering new/different books and poems that I wouldn't necessarily read on my own. It has built my confidence and provides an important part of structuring my week.” - shared reading group member, London

Our team in London work in Barnet, Croydon, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, and a bit further out in Berkshire (Broadmoor) and Surrey (HMP Send).

Across all of our groups in London, when asked what difference being in the reading group has made to their lives, 85% of group members say they are more likely to share books or poems with friends or family members, 86% say it’s a chance to meet people they wouldn’t meet in their day-to-day lives, 81% are more understanding towards other people.

Our partners in London include:

Health and Wellbeing

  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
  • West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Community and Library

  • Barnet Volunteering project, in partnership with Barnet Libraries
  •  Kensington & Chelsea Reader-in-Residence, in partnership with West London Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Hammersmith and Fulham Reader-in-Residence, in partnership with Tri-Borough Library Service
  • South London Reader-in-Residence, in partnership with Lambeth Libraries, Southwark Libraries, and South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Criminal Justice

  • HMP Wormwood Scrubs
  • HMP Send

Older People and Dementia

  • Jewish Care
  • Comic Relief
  • Altogether Better

Other partners and funders:

  • Guy's and St Thomas's Charity
  • Maudsley Charity
  • Southbank Centre

What do they say about it?

Project Story: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Jane's Reader Story

Can I join a group?

Go to our Group Map to see where our open groups are based around London.

How can I find out more?

Contact Carl Dennis, London Team Leader:

Follow The Reader London on Twitter: @TheReaderLondon

Hammersmith and Fulham Reader-in-Residence, in partnership with Tri-Borough Library Service

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