Shared Reading

The Reader

  • Isolation
  • Multiple Locations
  • 18+

Shared Reading brings people together in person (and when that’s not possible, online) in small groups to read aloud from a book, short story or poem. Groups meet on a weekly basis and are a great way for people to connect; to what they’re reading, to themselves and to each other.

A friendly volunteer provides a warm welcome and something specially chosen to read. Group members join in the reading and conversation, or just sit back and listen.

As we recover from the pandemic, and with added pressures on our mental health, Shared Reading is needed now more than ever. It’s all about taking the time and creating space to share what matters to us. There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy Shared Reading – just come along and experience it for yourself!

All of our Shared Reading Groups are completely free thanks to the kind support of our volunteers, funders and donors. These sessions are drop in, and have a maximum capacity of 8.

If you are interested in joining a specific group, please find the most up to date information of The Reader’s find a group map.

Contact Information


Leicester, Coalville, Glenfield, Stonesfield, Reading, Wokingham, Stamford, Sudbury, Stamford,, Lonson, London, Upholland, Southport, Crewe, Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington, Everton, Rainford, Bootle, Waterloo, Huyton, Chester, Moss Bank, Birkenhead, Garston, Upton, Merseyside, Widnes, Belfast, Llandudno, Prestatyn, Wrexham, Birmingham, Oswestry, Hereford, Sutton Coldfield, Doncaster, Hillsborough, Rawmarsh, Sheffield, Devon, Weymouth, Redcatch Park, Shaftesbury, Bedminster, Bideford, Bristol, Bridgwater, Cadbury Heath, Cheddar, Glastonbury, Somerset, Patchway, Taunton, Wells, Wincanton, Yeovil



“Through reading with others as part of my Shared Reading group I have been able to see a way ahead and it has given me the confidence to start to live my life again. I owe my life to that group and Shared Reading.”


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