Photo courtesy of L'Arche Kent, who supported the Word in your Hand Book Club at Canterbury Library to take part in Reading Ahead.
One in six people struggles to read. However, research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment. Reading Ahead is the gateway to these opportunities. Because everything changes when we read.
Reading Ahead supports young people and adults by changing their perception of reading, opening up opportunities and building their confidence.
Run through public libraries, adult learning organisations, colleges, workplaces and prisons, Reading Ahead invites participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a diary in order to get a certificate. The programme isn't just about books - it's about newspapers, magazines and websites too. The aim is that participants challenge themselves to try someting new and discover that reading can be a pleasure in the process.
Around 100 prisons across the UK take part in Reading Ahead each year. We are very grateful to the charity Give a Book which provides us with free pocket dictionaries and spelling and writing guides for prisoners who complete their reading diaries.
Reading Ahead facts
Reading Ahead has reached more than 275,000 people over ten years.
One in six adults struggles to read. Reading Ahead supports young people and adults who struggle with the written word or who don’t read for pleasure. Reading Groups for Everyone celebrates all the good things that happen when people come together to share reading and Reading Well supports people's health and wellbeing. Because everything changes when we read.