The Reader changes lives and strengthens communities by inspiring and supporting people to read aloud together.
Our model is unique and proven: Shared Reading improves well-being, builds resilience, and increases social connectivity. We work across diverse areas of life including looked after children, prisoners in custody, parents, teachers, people living with dementia or mental health issues as well as those recovering from addiction.
People are brought together, in small groups, on a weekly basis, run by a trained Reader Leader. A story or poem is read aloud. Group members participate how they wish – sharing their thoughts, reading aloud or simply listening. The Reader Leader facilitates discussion, creating a safe, creative space where members feel valued, encouraged and listened to.
We are ambitious for Shared Reading because we know it changes lives and builds communities. Our vision is for Shared Reading to take root in every community in the UK so that it is freely available wherever and whoever you are.