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Resources

18 November 2020

Guiding Principles of Reading Friends

Take a look at the core principles of Reading Friends as no matter the delivery – in person, over the phone or virtual – there are some key aspects which remain the same.

04 November 2020

Reading Friends Celebrating Light Session Plan

A plan for a Reading Friends session to get everyone chatting about light and festivals of light.

04 November 2020

Reading Friends Celebrating Light Resource Pack

This pack provides further ideas and activities to use alongside the Session Plan. It has activities to get everyone chatting about light and festivals of light.

21 September 2020

Reading Friends National Poetry Day

Use this wonderful resource to celebrate National Poetry Day on 1 Oct 2020. Poem, discussion questions and activity ideas around the theme of hair.

21 August 2020

Reading Friends Reading-related ice-breaker questions

Use these when you first start running Reading Friends sessions, or at the beginning of a session to help people get to know each other.

19 August 2020

Tips for Virtual Befriending on Zoom

Read this resource before starting sessions on Zoom as it contains helpful tips and reminders.

23 July 2020

Reading Friends Silly Squad session plan

A plan for a Reading Friends session with ideas to get people chatting, linked to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Silly Squad.

22 July 2020

Reading Friends Silly Squad resource pack

This pack provides activities for all the family to chat about together – grandparents to grandchildren. It is linked to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Silly Squad – as why should kids have all the fun!

01 July 2020

Reading Friends Telephone Befriending Posters England

Editable Reading Friends posters which show telephone befriending. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

12 June 2020

Reading Friends Personal history and reminiscence session plan

A plan for a reminiscence session you can do while at home including things to look at, talk about and questions to ask.

12 June 2020

Reading Friends Personal history and reminiscence pack

This pack provides further ideas and activities to use alongside the Session Plan ‘Personal history and reminiscence.’

29 May 2020

Reading Friends Volunteer Training

Access the volunteer training modules. Access Training (Login required)

28 May 2020

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.

21 May 2020

Reading Friends Telephone Session Reminders

Some helpful reminders to quickly run through before your sessions. Most importantly – have fun!

20 May 2020

Reading Friends Telephone session example

One idea of what a telephone reading befriending session could look like. But remember the conversations might take other directions and that’s fine!

20 May 2020

Reading Friends Tips for Telephone Reading Befriending

This resource contains tips for having reading-related discussions over the phone. Please read before starting your calls.

20 May 2020

Reading Friends Tips for Telephone Befriending

This resource contains tips and considerations for Reading Friends over the phone. Please read through before starting your befriending calls.

16 May 2020

Reading Friends Volunteers' Week toolkit (1-7 June 2020)

Helpful hashtags, Tweets, images, stats and cards to thank your volunteers on Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June.

15 May 2020

Reading Friends Volunteers' Week Thank you e-card WELSH (1-7 June 2020)

Say thank you to your Reading Friends volunteers with this e-card in Welsh.

15 May 2020

Reading Friends Volunteers' Week Thank you e-card (1-7 June 2020)

Say thank you to your Reading Friends volunteers with this e-card.

10 May 2020

Reading Friends infographic 2018-2019

Highlights from our full evaluation report including some key outcomes and quotes.

06 May 2020

Reading Friends executive summary 2018-2019

Read a summary of our evaluation report 2018-2019.

06 May 2020

Reading Friends Impact report 2018-2019

Find out how Reading Friends has been tackling loneliness through the proven power of reading.

06 May 2020

Reading Friends VE Day Resource Pack

Useful links and activity ideas to celebrate VE Day’s 75th anniversary over the bank holiday weekend.

30 April 2020

The Reading Agency Hub

Here you can access The Reading Agency at home. You’ll find ideas, activities and challenges from across our programmes to entertain and educate yourself, your family or those you are teaching remotely. The activities will be refreshed every couple of weeks...

26 March 2020

Covid-19 Toolkit to Stay Connected

We know many of our partners have had to close their buildings and are working remotely. We want to share our resources and ideas that will help us all stay connected.

20 March 2020

Different ways to Stay Connected!

Guidance about the different ways to continue Reading Friends. Please share your ideas.

20 March 2020

Stay Connected! Activities, ideas and resources

Ideas of activities and resources to help during this changing and challenging time. Please share ideas with us.

20 March 2020

Stay Connected! Reading Suggestions

Ideas of useful reading materials. Please share any ideas you have.

20 March 2020

Stay Connected! Signposting

Details and links of other useful organisations including mental health contact details. Please share ideas any further ideas with us. It can be useful to bring this off for any volunteers and staff to keep.