Do you enjoy reading and chatting about books, magazines, or sharing stories and memories?

Would you like to connect with other people over conversations inspired by reading?

Then why not join Reading Friends, a UK-wide social reading and befriending programme delivered by volunteers?

About Reading Friends

Reading Friends brings people together to read, share stories, interests and life experiences, meet new friends and have fun. We use reading – whether books, magazines, newspapers, or anything else – to start everyone chatting.

You don’t have to be an expert in literature to take part. All that’s needed is a love of reading and a desire to get to know new people of a similar age to you as well as volunteers. It’s a great way to feel more connected with your community.

We offer Reading Friends to our participants free of charge.

What to expect

Our Reading Friends groups are run by volunteers who will discuss with everyone what topics and books they’d like to talk about. The groups will meet once a month for around two hours.

The venues depend on the group and the area they are located in. Some will take place in volunteer hosts homes, others will be in libraries, community centres, or communal lounge areas in care homes or sheltered housing.

If you live in your own home and require transport to attend the group sessions we can arrange for a volunteer driver to collect you.

Come and join our community

The idea is for the sessions to be fun and participatory so that everyone has an opportunity to chat and get to know each other. The groups are open to everyone and you don’t need to read books in advance of the sessions.

We’d be delighted to welcome you to our community. If you would like to apply to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.

To find out if there is a group in your area and to request an application form please call us on freephone 0800 716 543 or email

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