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Make a difference in your local community, meet new people, learn new skills and fill your personal reading library by volunteering with The Reader. 

You're joining a movement

  • 700

    Groups around the UK.

  • 10,000

    People reached.

  • 93%

    Feel better after a Shared Reading group.

  • 84%

    Make new friends at a Shared Reading group.

Whether you’re looking to lead a Shared Reading group in your local area or to get involved in activities at our organisational home in Calderstones Park, we have a variety of volunteering opportunities on offer.

Whichever way you choose to volunteer with us, Shared Reading will be at the heart of your experience. All volunteers receive training and ongoing support, as well as access to some brilliant resources. 

Get Started

  1. Take a look at our latest volunteering opportunities  
  2. Fill out the form below 
  3. We’ll aim to contact you within 5 working days to explore next steps.

Things to Know

Your volunteering journey with The Reader will start with a chat so that, together, we can find the best role for you.

You’ll then be invited to take part in training, followed by a comprehensive induction process. This may take a little time, but it ensures you and your Readers have the best possible experience with us.

The Reader wants to bring Shared Reading to as many communities as we possibly can but, like many charities, we have priority areas. This means that we don’t always have opportunities in every area of the UK – for up-to-date information about where we’re recruiting, visit this page.

If you don’t see anything suitable today, please do sign up to our newsletter or follow us on social media (@thereaderorg) as we may well have opportunities in your area coming soon.

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