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Resources

28 July 2021

Project Case Study Guidance

If you have a story to share, please tell us about it using the example questions in this resource as a guide.

28 July 2021

Participant Case Study Guidance

If a Reading Friends participant would like to share their story, please tell us about it using the questions in this resource as a guide.

23 July 2021

Reading Friends Impact Statistics

Use these impact highlights alongside the Case for Support to develop funding applications and engage key stakeholders.

23 July 2021

Reading Friends Case for Support for Public Libraries

The Case for Support for Reading Friends has been created to help library authorities develop funding applications and engage key stakeholders. Please use, adapt and add local evidence as required to develop briefing papers and proposals.

22 July 2021

Case for Support Discussion Group Notes

These are the notes from the group discussion part of our Case for Support Skills Share Session. This resource includes tips for local fundraising routes, challenges and future plans.

13 July 2021

Reading Friends Participation Monitoring Form

Please email this to readingfriends@readingagency.org.uk on the submission dates.

09 July 2021

Yours magazine nostalgia toolkit

The Reading Agency and Yours Magazine are delighted to partner up and bring you this memories collection and toolkit. The team at Yours Magazine have chosen their favourite nostalgia features from Yours and Yours Retro magazines to share with you. They’ve...

09 July 2021

Yours magazine feel-good fiction toolkit

The Reading Agency and Yours Magazine are delighted to partner up and bring you this feel-good fiction collection and toolkit. The team at Yours Magazine have chosen their favourite mood-boosting short stories from their recent Yours Fiction Special magazines to share...

18 June 2021

THE FATHER film discussion guide

In THE FATHER, Hopkins plays the eponymous role of a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman). Yet, such help has become essential following Anne’s decision to move to...

19 May 2021

Reading Friends LGBTQ+ Resource

This resource has been developed in partnership with Islington Library and Heritage services, for adults to discuss, engage with and be inspired by the LGBTQ+ history of the borough. This pack contains 6 session plans, resources and ideas for activities. The...

26 April 2021

Reading Friends Partner Survey

Evaluation survey for organisations or services who have partnered with you on Reading Friends – this may be a local charity, a local authority service, a link worker or cultural organisation. 14 May is the submission deadline.

23 April 2021

Read, Talk, Share Bloomsbury reading list

Bloomsbury has put together a list of fiction and non-fiction books that deal with loneliness and mental health issues, as well as other fiction titles that can help bring people together and spark conversations in Reading Friends sessions. This book...

21 April 2021

Reading Friends Under 11s Evaluation Feedback Tool

This evaluation feedback tool can be used with primary aged children under 11 involved in Reading Friends. Please complete by 14 May.

08 April 2021

Reading Friends Telephone Session Plan: Clothes

One idea of what a telephone reading befriending session with the theme of clothes could look like.

06 April 2021

Reading Friends Editable Digital Signage Telephone Befriending

Editable Reading Friends landscape promotional posters for digital screens, with images showing phone calls and telephone befriending. This version is for use with DCMS funded projects as part of the Read, Talk, Share campaign. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to...

06 April 2021

Reading Friends 'Not Quite Nice' session plan

Ideas for a Reading Friends session based on Celia Imrie’s novel, ‘Not Quite Nice’. This session plan includes a synopsis and questions to be used as conversation starters.

01 April 2021

Reading Friends Editable Digital Signage

Editable Reading Friends landscape posters for digital screens, with images showing video calls. This version is for use with DCMS funded projects as part of the Read, Talk, Share campaign. Please use Adobe Acrobat to edit.

30 March 2021

Reading Friends Evaluation Guidance

Guidance to using Reading Friends evaluation surveys.

30 March 2021

Reading Friends Befriender Survey

Use this Reading Friends evaluation survey to capture feedback from Reading Befrienders.

30 March 2021

Reading Friends Young Participant Survey

This is a paper version of the Reading Friends participant survey for 11-17 year olds.

30 March 2021

Reading Friends Participant Survey

Use this evaluation survey to capture feedback from Reading Friends participants.

29 March 2021

Reading Friends Telephone Session Plan: Gardens

One idea of what a telephone reading befriending session with the theme of gardens could look like.

29 March 2021

Reading Friends Telephone Session Plan: Holidays

One idea of what a telephone reading befriending session with the theme of holidays could look like.

26 March 2021

Reading Friends Tips for Managing Group Dynamics

This resource contains tips about managing group dynamics, challenging conversations and scenarios in a Reading Friends session.

25 March 2021

Reading Friends Presentation for Partners

Share this Powerpoint presentation with partners to explain the Key Principles of Reading Friends and what activities you’re running.

18 March 2021

Dementia Specific Evaluation Tool

This specific evaluation tool resource can be used with people who are living with dementia. It’s a useful tool for people who cannot fill in surveys or for whom surveys aren’t appropriate. It can help capture ‘in the moment’ thoughts,...

17 March 2021

Reading Friends Tips for New and Prospective Parents

This resource contains tips for running Reading Friends with new and prospective parents, important things to consider, and the types of reading materials you could include. Use this resource when planning and delivering a Reading Friends session with new mums,...

02 March 2021

Reading Friends Tips for Managing Group Phone Calls

This resource contains tips to prepare for, set up and deliver Reading Friends sessions using group phone calls. This resource has advice on different conference call platforms you could use, ideas on how to structure a group phone call session...

23 February 2021

Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie reading guide

Use this reading guide for Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie to compliment your reading group discussion. About Not Quite Nice Sunday Times Bestseller Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, tired of babysitting her bossy daughter’s obnoxious children,...

23 February 2021

Piranesi by Susanne Clarke reading guide

Use this reading guide for Piranesi by Susanne Clarke to compliment your reading group discussion. About Piranesi Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has. In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders:...