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07 November 2019

Reading Friends How to Set Up Your Volunteers on Online Training

We’ve changed the look of this resource to make it friendlier. You can continue to use the older version if that’s easier for you! Please let us know your feedback.

02 November 2019

Reading Friends volunteer diary

An A5 booklet to capture and reflect on experiences as a Reading Friends volunteer.

13 June 2019

Reading Well Wales: prescriber guidelines

Guidelines for prescribers delivering Reading Well in Wales

13 June 2019

Reading Well Wales: mental health delivery model

Model for Welsh libraries delivering Reading Well for mental health.

10 May 2019

Reading Friends volunteer agreement template

Template that clearly sets out expectations and boundaries for volunteers. Can include local information.

10 May 2019

Reading Friends project plan

Keep your Reading Friends project on track day-to-day with this editable plan for your key milestones.

10 May 2019

Reading Friends project starter checklist

A handy checklist of things you’ll need to consider when setting up a new Reading Friends project.

12 April 2019

Reading Friends volunteer role description

Provides potential volunteers with key information on what’s involved in the role. Editable for local information.

12 April 2019

Reading Friends risk assessment

A useful tool to help think through, record and reduce any risks involved in delivering Reading Friends.

12 April 2019

Reading Friends volunteer application form

A template for local Reading Friends projects to adapt and use with people interested in volunteering.

28 February 2019

Summer Volunteering Training Toolkit

Resources to support libraries in training young volunteers during the Summer Reading Challenge and year-round. This pack includes: a training presentation for young people, a training guide for library staff, a guide to using www.readinghack.org.uk a volunteering guide for young people, a sample volunteer agreement form

05 February 2019

Using the Reading Hack Website

A simple guide to navigating our young people’s website, www.readinghack.org.uk. This guide includes how to create a profile, join a hack, log volunteering hours, and download a skills letter. It can be used by library staff or young people.

12 November 2018

Running a Book Club Quick Guide to Chatterbooks

This handbook tells you what you need to know about setting up and running a successful Chatterbooks club

07 November 2018

Words and Memories: Creative writing by ESOL learners

This collection of writing by prisoners whose first language is not English was produced over the course of six workshops in three UK prisons – HMP Downview, HMP High Down and HMP Thameside – between May and July 2018. ...

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing in prison materials pack

This is a pack of guidance for anyone wanting to run a creative writing workshop with prisoners whose first language is not English. It includes a powerpoint, notes for workshop leaders, guidance for workshop assistants and several handouts for...

07 November 2018

Creative activities for using with Reading Ahead for prisoners with ESOL

These seven documents provide a wide range of activities for using alongside Reading Ahead for prisoners with English as a Second Language or Additional Language. They have been created by David Kendall as part of a project funded by...

07 September 2018

World Mental Health Day Libraries Week 2018 toolkit

A toolkit for library staff to promote World Mental Health Day and Libraries Week.

07 August 2018

A First Book of the Sea by By Nicola Davies - Teachers' notes

A stunning anthology that blends poetry and information about the sea, from an award-winning team. From Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, the multi award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots, comes a spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the...

25 April 2018

Reading Well delivery model

Guidelines for sites to deliver Reading Well, including information about book selection.

25 April 2018

Toolkit for setting up local health partnerships

A toolkit with template documents useful for building local health partnerships.

15 January 2018

Reading Hack Evaluation Guide

Evaluation is crucial to help us understand, measure and report the impact that Reading Hack has on young people and delivery partners. Please read this evaluation guide for more information about completing the Reading Hack evaluation surveys. In summary: Participating library authorities...

12 October 2017

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Ideas Pack

Working with DofE volunteers? This pack includes sample volunteer roles, an introduction to the Award and a letter template to help with recruitment

23 August 2017

Keeping Young People Engaged

A guide to keeping young people involved in the library after summer volunteering

31 July 2017

FAQs - Reading Well for long term conditions

Answers to library staff frequently asked questions about Reading Well for long term conditions, including: general information, launch support, library involvement and digital resources.

13 April 2017

Developing volunteering roles for young people

A guide to creating volunteer roles with young people, plus role descriptions to adapt for summer volunteers; year-round volunteers; older or more experienced volunteers and volunteers who can’t get to the library easily.

14 March 2017

How to run a reading circle

Adapted from article by Angie Simms- NATECLA News, Autumn 2010 and inspired by Oxford Bookworms. With thanks to Jenny Roden. Looking to experiment with your reading group? The reading circle is an exciting new approach which could enhance your reading group...

11 January 2017

Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart - discussion questions

Download these discussion questions for Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

17 November 2016

How to promote year-round volunteering

This guide is to help you promote year-round volunteering in libraries in a way that won’t impact on existing staff responsibilities. It includes example volunteer roles, and information on how to work with and support young volunteers.

25 August 2016

World Mental Health Day Toolkit 2016

A collection of ideas for events, displays and social media activity for libraries to use around World Mental Health Day 2016.

10 August 2016

Reading Well for young people - recommended reading form

Reading Well for young people provides book-based support young people’s mental health and wellbeing. This interactive leaflet provides information about the scheme for GPs and other mental health professionals, such as psychological wellbeing practitioners, counsellors and therapists. This is a shortened version...