Reading Friends

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Reading Friends is an exciting UK-wide programme from The Reading Agency. It’s been piloted in some other parts of the country over the last few years and now is being extended to Essex. Developed with funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Reading Friends tackles loneliness by bringing people together to read, chat and share stories. Essex Library Services is looking for volunteers to support the roll out of the Reading Friends scheme across Essex.

What skills do I need?

Chatting to people, either one to one, or in groups, using reading to get people talking. Contact will be via phone or virtually initially. As restrictions lift it is planned to do in person sessions in libraries.

Using reading – whether books, magazines, newspapers, or anything else – to start conversations. Nothing needs to be read before the session


  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Suitable for under 18s
    Volunteers must be older than 16
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 02/08/2021

End Date: 02/08/2022

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Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

As and when required

Posted for
Braintree Library

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  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Disability
  • Older People


  • Driving
  • Supporting People and Befriending

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