Loneliness Research

Our research on loneliness in the UK and how reading for pleasure can make a difference. Learn how reading helps to bring people together, make new friends and tackle the big problems of social isolation and loneliness. 

  • Reading Friends uncovers the power of inclusive reading at Portsmouth Libraries
    Portsmouth Libraries have been hosting Reading Friends sessions in their branches since 2021. In the last year, they helped 1,492 people…
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Read, Talk, Share Evaluation: Reach and Impact
    In December 2020, the U.K. government announced a £7.5 million funding package to help tackle loneliness over the winter period. The funding package was designed to help provide immediate relief to those most at risk, targeted at sectors known for…
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