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“Being in the reading group has enabled me to meet new people. The daytime one gives me the 'me time' break from job seeking which I really value. The evening one has allowed me to develop a good core of social contacts.” - Shared Reading group member, Wirral

Wirral is where Shared Reading began back in 2002, and is home to our longest running groups.

Due to the end of our funding by Wirral Borough Council there are changes to Shared Reading provision in the area as of April 2016.

We are pleased to be able to continue to offer some Shared Reading groups in Wirral, and are working hard to be able to add more groups in the not too distant future. These upcoming groups are likely to be led and supported by volunteers - if becoming a volunteer in Wirral is something you are interested in, please click here for more information or contact Katie Stevenson: / 0151 729 2200

On behalf of all The Reader staff that you may have encountered over the years, we’d like to thank you for attending our groups and we look forward to being able to continue to read with you under these arrangements. We want you to know we are still working hard and hope for a brighter future on Wirral.

Our partners and projects in Wirral include:

Health and Wellbeing

  • Read, Recover, Lead at Advocacy in Wirral (funded by Third Sector Development Fund)
  • Wirral Drug and Alcohol Action Team funded project for people recovering from addiction

Older People and Dementia

  • Dementia Project – funded by NHS Wirral
  • Volunteer Project – funded by Big Lottery

Community and Library

  • YMCA
  • Forum Housing

Criminal Justice

  • Tomorrow’s Women (funded by The Pilgrim Trust)

Education and Young People

  • Looked After Children project - funded by Children in Need
  • Egremont Primary School, Seacombe
  • Woodchurch High School

Other partner and funders:

  • Big Lottery
  • Siobhan Dowd Trust

What do they say about it?

Project Story: Forum Housing

Reader Story: A's Story

Reader Story: G's Story

Myfanwy's Reader Story

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Go to our Group Map to see where our open groups are based in Wirral.

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