• 27Sep

    Reading Friends uses reading to tackle loneliness and social isolation

    News from The Reading Agency:

    This year’s Summer Reading Challenge has now come to an end with hundreds of thousands of children taking part and almost 900,000 books read. A huge well done to all of the children and libraries involved in making this year a success.

    This month, we also launched the Reading Ahead 2018-19 programme with award-winning crime author Ann Cleeves. Reading Ahead encourages young people and adults to read six books to build their reading skills and confidence. Last year’s impact evaluation shows that 65% of all survey respondents feel more confident about reading and will read more after taking part, and 88% of participants reported improved literacy skills.

    Improving adult literacy in the UK is incredibly important as 1 in 6 adults still struggle to read. The scheme is available in colleges, prisons, libraries and workplaces. To get your organisation #ReadingAhead, go to to The Reading Agency website.

    October will be another exciting month for The Reading Agency as we launch our new programme Reading Friends which uses reading to tackle loneliness and social isolation, we are also releasing the evaluation findings for our Reading Well booklists. Follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest news.

    Libraries Week takes place between the 8–13 October to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries, and this year there’s a focus on wellbeing. Download the guide to get started.

    Read more here: https://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/reading-friends/