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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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Summer Reading Challenge: Reach and Engagement 2023

The 2023 Summer Reading Challenge: ‘Ready, Set, Read!’, delivered in partnership with libraries and the Youth Sport Trust, once again brought the fun and benefits of reading to families across the UK.

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Share your reading group story

What impact does being in a reading group or book club have on you? Does it make you read more, or try different types of books? At The Reading Agency, we want to encourage reading groups to become active members of our reading community.

Reading during the school holidays really does make a difference!

Over 12 million books borrowed as part of Summer Reading Challenge 2022 As part of World Book Day, The Reading Agency has published findings from an Arts Council England-funded independent evaluation of the 2022 science-themed, Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer…

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Reading Friends 2021-22: Reach and Impact

In 2021 to 2022, Reading Friends made a positive difference to people’s lives using the power of reading – supporting people with their wellbeing, creating meaningful connections, reducing loneliness and engaging more people in reading together for pleasure.

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