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.
Launched in 2008, Reading Ahead is now into its 12th year. The main activity for Reading Ahead 2018-19 runs through to June 2019 when those who complete their reading diaries can enter a national prize draw to win some great new prizes while organisations can win an author event. Anyone taking part can also use our website for participants to share their thoughts about what they read, enter competitions and find out more about the programme.
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 well over 300,000 people over 11 years.