Reading Friends

Reading Friends

What is Reading Friends?

Reading Friends is The Reading Agency’s reading connection programme. It connects people by starting conversations through reading, giving opportunities to meet others, share stories, make new friends and have fun.

Your generosity can us help bring more people together. Find out how your money can help support Reading Friends.

Reading Friends has made a difference to people’s lives – supporting wellbeing, creating meaningful connections, reducing loneliness and engaging more people in reading together for pleasure. Reading Friends had a powerful impact on communities – building social support networks, creating long-lasting connections and friendships.  

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71% of Reading Friends participants found increased confidence to try new things thanks to the programme

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68% of Reading Friends participants felt less lonely thanks to the programme

Resources

Reading Friends Activity Feedback Form

This form captures information about your Reading Friends project as well as your feedback. Deadline to submit is 26 June 2024. If there are any…

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Reading Friends Evaluation Overview with Links

This overview has all the evaluation links you need. Please read the Evaluation Guidance first as this has detailed info and help about each tool.

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Reading Friends Evaluation Guidance

Overview of approach and guidance for participation monitoring, surveys and feedback tools. Please read - you can dip in and out or read from beginning…

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Reading Friends Participation Monitoring Form

The new form for October 2023-October 2024. We’ve further simplified it. We encourage monthly submission but there are two important dates highlighted (Jan 2024 and…

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Reading Friends: creating connections in 2022/23

From 2022 to 2023, Reading Friends worked with 39 UK authorities and their delivery partners to make a positive difference to individual lives and whole communities – creating meaningful connections, reducing loneliness and improving wellbeing.

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