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Resources

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...

26 March 2021

Reading Friends Tips for Managing Group Dynamics

This resource contains tips about managing group dynamics 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.

17 March 2021

Reading Friends Tips for New and Prospective Parents

This resource contains tips for running Reading Friends with new and prospective parents.

02 March 2021

Reading Friends Tips for Managing Group Phone Calls

This resource contains tips for setting up and delivering Reading Friends group phone calls.

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:...

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.

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...

01 February 2021

Reading Friends communications calendar 2021

Lots of useful dates to help theme sessions, inspire activities and promote Reading Friends.

29 January 2021

Read, Talk, Share Comms Toolkit

This toolkit includes information and resources, including visual assets, to help promote the Read, Talk, Share campaign.

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.

19 August 2020

Tips for Virtual Befriending on Zoom

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

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.

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 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.

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.

20 March 2020

Stay Connected! Wellbeing and Mental Health

Links and ideas for making sure to look after your wellbeing and mental health.

20 March 2020

Top Tips for Living in Self-Isolation

Think Positive, Be Healthy and Keep Busy with our top tips for living in self-isolation

10 February 2020

Funding Agreement

This is the funding agreement for DCMS funded library authorities until 31 March 2021

05 November 2019

Reading Friends dementia information resource

This resource has information and advice to make your Reading Friends sessions dementia friendly. Give to volunteers if needed.

04 November 2019

Reading Friends Reading Aloud

Find out about the many benefits of reading aloud in your Reading Friends groups and elsewhere.

03 November 2019

Reading Friends: engaging with blind or partially sighted people

Helpful guide to making Reading Friends sessions inclusive.

03 November 2019

Reading Friends group session tips

Hints and tips for running a great Reading Friends session.

08 October 2019

Reading Friends stroke information resource

Information and advice to make your Reading Friends sessions suitable for someone who has experienced stroke.

11 September 2019

Reading Friends National Poetry Day Toolkit 2019

Share with your volunteers this National Poetry Day toolkit 2019 for tips, advice and ideas for running poetry events and sessions.