Read, Talk, Share is tackling loneliness and supporting wellbeing through the proven power of reading during the Covid-19 pandemic and recovery.
Enabled by a £3.5 million award by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the campaign is expanding the already successful Reading Well and Reading Friends programmes.
Reading Well – social prescribing for better mental health
Reading Well supports people of all ages in their journey towards better mental health by making helpful books recommended by health experts easily accessible. People have borrowed over 2.6 million Reading Well books from local public libraries.
Reading Friends – reading as a way to connect people and combat loneliness
Reading Friends is a nationwide programme which uses reading to connect people by starting conversations, targeting the most vulnerable, isolated and those at risk of loneliness.
Supporting you and your loved ones at this challenging time
– Reading Well book collections to support mental health for children, young people and adults, will be available in every library across the country. Many of the titles are available to borrow from home as e-books and audiobooks. Visit your local library website to find out how to join the library and access books electronically.
– Reading Friends is dramatically scaling up by expanding through public library authorities in England, using socially distanced and telephone/video call befriending models to make at least 16,000 connections. Find out what Reading Friends activities are happening in your local area.
Celebrate World Book Day and #ReadTalkShare
Reading has always had the power to help people feel better, but 2020 clearly highlighted the need for reading that’s good for our minds and can help us through difficult times.
Every year, World Book Day celebrates the joy of books and reading. This year, The Reading Agency are asking the nation to Read, Talk, Share and discover how reading can dramatically improve mental health and wellbeing.
Celebrate the power of reading this World Book Day and #ReadTalkShare