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Would you like a Reading Friend?

Two ladies looking at a broadsheet, with bookshelves in the background and with text
16 July 2021

Do you know someone who would benefit from having a Reading Friend to talk to on the phone, as part of an online group or in person at one of our libraries?

The Reading Friends scheme brings people together with trained volunteers to read, share stories, meet new friends, and have fun. Taking part can help build connections with others and reduce social isolation.

We use reading - books, magazines, newspapers or anything else - to start chatting.  Working together, we’ll ensure Reading Friends meets each person’s needs and matches their interests.  We’re setting up one-to-one phone calls as well as virtual groups using video call technology and, now that restrictions are lifting, we are welcoming in-person meetings either one-to-one or in small groups. We’ll ensure a safe environment for these, adhering to Government and public health guidelines.

Interested in taking part or becoming a trained volunteer? Please email us or phone 0345 603 7628.