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.

Katy Szita
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 2020, we will be launching Reading Friends groups in South West England and Scotland.

South West England

  • Bristol
  • Bridgwater
  • Plymouth
  • Sandford
  • Gloucestershire
  • Bath
  • Cirencester


  • Glasgow & East Dunbartonshire
  • Moray & North Aberdeenshire
  • Stirling
  • Falkirk & Clackmannanshire

Contact us

We have teams across the UK and our national office is in London.


2 Grosvenor Gardens


0800 716543

Office phone:

020 7240 0630