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The Reader Organisation

The Reader Organisation

North West

The Reader is a charity that uses the power of literature and reading aloud to transform lives. 

Our volunteers and staff bring people together to read great stories and poems - creating powerful moments of connection. We call this Shared Reading. In a world that feels increasingly divided, and with increased pressures on our mental health, Shared Reading offers us time and space to share what matters to us. Our work improves wellbeing, reduces loneliness and helps us find new meaning in our lives. We read with schools, families and looked-after-children, adults in community spaces, people in care homes and hospitals, people with physical and mental health conditions, those coping with or recovering from addiction, and people in the criminal justice system.

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The Reader Organisation

1STPAGE First Page Christmas Campaign

First Page Christmas Campaign

This Christmas, help us to continue supporting local families to share the benefits of reading with children by making a donation to our First Page Pr... Read more

READERS Penny Readings Campaign

Penny Readings Campaign

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STORIES Children & Young People

Children & Young People

We believe every child should experience the joy of literature, help us reach more by making a donation today.... Read more



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GRAVITY Gravity Festival

Gravity Festival

Make time and space to share what matters by making a donation to Gravity Festival.... Read more



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