Connecting through reading
Reading Friends is an intergenerational programme that connects older people experiencing loneliness with volunteers by starting conversations through a shared interest in reading.
Using reading and books to spark conversations, Reading Friends brings people together to talk about much loved books and discover new ones, share stories, meet new friends and have fun.
Head of Programme Development
It is very exciting to be working in partnership with the Reading Agency, a charity committed to the importance of the written word.
By adopting this fresh approach, we can develop new groups for older people and volunteers that are close to our core model of tea parties, but are a different form of social gathering focused on the written word – be that newspapers, poems, magazines, novels or anything else.
In 2019 and 2020, Contact the Elderly will be launching Reading Friends groups in South West England and Scotland.
South West England
- Glasgow & East Dunbartonshire
- Moray & North Aberdeenshire
- Falkirk & Clackmannanshire