Reading Well

Reading Well

What is Reading Well?

Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

Reading Well books are all recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered and their relatives and carers.

You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself.

Find out more about Reading Well in Wales.

“I’ve become very involved in the world of dementia awareness after caring for my late mother who had the disease. I’m delighted The Reading Agency has developed this book collection to encourage people to read about dementia. When my mother developed dementia 20 years ago, I knew very little about it. I needed a great deal of help to learn how to cope and to help my mother live well with the disease. I believe Reading Well for dementia will be a step forward. The books are going to be the catalyst that will bring people together, inform them and educate them to become much more aware and most importantly, less frightened of what a future with dementia holds.”

Angela Rippon CBE, journalist and broadcaster and Reading Well for dementia champion
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Reading Well is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with Libraries Connected as a core delivery partner for their Universal Public Library Health and Wellbeing Offer.

It is funded by Arts Council England, The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Welsh Government.

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97% of young people would recommend their Reading Well book to a friend

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90% of health professionals surveyed said Reading Well books helped support people outside of consultation time

Get involved

Reading Well is part of the Universal Public Library Health and Wellbeing Offer. Download our delivery model for a guide to running Reading Well in your library.

You can also download specialist guides for other settings interested in getting involved with Reading Well: Schools, Parents and carers, Link workers and the health sector.

Other print materials supporting Reading Well, including user leaflets and posters, can be ordered from our online shop.

For more information, please get in touch.

We have lots of free downloadable resources to support you with promoting and embedding Reading Well.

Promotional toolkit - Reading Well for children

A promotional toolkit for the Reading Well for children booklist. Contains display ideas; online and social media content including template tweets and quote cards from children,…

Keith’s story: Reading Well for dementia

Keith, a member of our Reading Well for dementia book selection panel, shares his experience of reading, dementia and his involvement in developing Reading Well for dementia. 

Tell us what you think

Have you used a Reading Well book? We’d love you to fill in a short survey to tell us how you found it.

There are surveys for:

Young People

The Reading Agency

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