Read, Talk, Share

Read, Talk, Share is an initiative developed by The Reading Agency to combat loneliness and promote wellbeing through the proven power of reading. There are two strands of the programme; Reading Well and Reading Friends both tackle loneliness and support mental health and wellbeing and play an important part in the nation's Covid recovery. 

Reading Friends

Reading Friends brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends, and have fun, tackling the big life challenge of social isolation and loneliness. The programme is delivered by volunteers and co-produced with its participants. We currently have sessions running on Mondays at 7pm.

To book either session visit our eventbrite page

Want to help? We are looking for event facilitator volunteers to get involved in our Reading Friends Project. For more information about this role and how to apply visit our volunteering page

As part of the project and running alongside our Connecting Merton project we're also loaning out digital devices to vunerable people to help them get online. The devices include; Amazon Echo Shows, tablets and laptops. For more information visit our Connecting Merton pages.

Reading Well

Reading Well supports people in their journey towards better mental health by making helpful books recommended by health experts easily accessible to readers of all ages. The Reading Agency has worked closely with library services across England to provide unprecedented access to the carefully designed reading lists: Reading Well for mental healthReading Well for young people; and Reading Well for children. Topics explored include mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy; coping with grief, anxiety, depression, and stress; understanding bullies, body dysmorphia, ADHD, autism, and OCD; and much more. Books from each list will be available for borrowing and e-lending from library authorities across England - check with your local library authority for more information.