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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:...

23 February 2021

The Thursday Murder Club Session Plan

An extract from Richard Osman’s debut novel, “The Thursday Murder Club” and reading guide. This resource includes a reading guide and questions, that can be used for Reading Friends sessions to spark conversation and discussion.

23 February 2021

Bloomsbury's Read, Talk, Share booklist

Bloomsbury has created a booklist for libraries and other organisations participating in The Reading Agency’s Read, Talk, Share campaign. The list can be used by people looking for books tackling loneliness, isolation, mental health issues, and maintaining human connection during...

22 February 2021

Reading Friends Editable Telephone Befriending Posters

Editable portrait posters for Reading Friends in England, which show 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 edit.

22 February 2021

Reading Friends Editable Videocall Landscape Posters

Editable promotional poster for Reading Friends in England. This version is for use with DCMS funded projects as part of the Read, Talk, Share campaign. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

22 February 2021

Reading Friends Editable Double-Sided A5 Flyer

Editable A5 Flyer for Reading Friends in England. This version is for use with DCMS funded projects as part of the Read, Talk, Share campaign. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

18 February 2021

How To Access Reading Friends Resources With Your Passport Account

A brief information sheet to help you access Reading Friends resources with your passport account.

16 February 2021

Reading Friends England Editable Poster

Editable poster for Reading Friends in England. This version is for use with DCMS funded projects as part of the Read, Talk, Share campaign. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

16 February 2021

Editable Video Call Posters (Landscape)

Editable Reading Friends posters which show video call befriending. This version is for use with DCMS funded projects as part of the Read, Talk, Share campaign. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

12 February 2021

Reading Friends Participation Monitoring form

Make sure to save the form first and then edit it. Please email this to readingfriends@readingagency.org.uk on the submission dates.

10 February 2021

Reading Friends Matching Questionnaire

You can use this to match up your Reading Friends and Reading Befrienders by their interests and also find out more about them. It can be a useful way of finding out any support needs. If you’re able to email...