Reading Friends in Surrey libraries

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Reading Friends is a national, evidence-based programme, adapted to local needs and communities. It is a reading befriending programme developed by The Reading Agency, delivered in partnership with community organisations, including libraries.

Reading Friends connects people experiencing loneliness and isolation by starting conversations through reading, providing opportunities to meet others, share stories, make new friends, and have fun. It creates social connections and takes a person-centred approach, building on interests and hobbies to get people talking. It is the power of shared stories to spark conversations in groups and one-to-ones, working together with local community organisations and volunteers of all ages to build social connections.

Reading Friends at Surrey libraries

Surrey Libraries is now part of The Reading Agency's Reading Friends programme. We are very pleased to confirm that there are now Reading Friends groups available at the following Surrey libraries:

LGBTQ+ Reading Friends

Surrey Libraries, in partnership with The Reading Agency, will be hosting monthly Reading Friends groups at various libraries for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come together around a shared love of reading.

Run by LGBTQ+ members of staff, the groups will have discussions and recommendations on a different subject each month. They will always be confidential, supportive, and positive spaces.

Starting from October 2023, LGBTQ Reading Friends group will meet at:

Interested in joining a Reading Friends group?

You can express an interest in joining one of the above groups by completing our Reading friends participant application form.

Alternatively, all established Reading Friends groups can be found on the Reading Friends webpage, Find Reading Friends near you. Just add your postcode and click Go to show on the map your nearest group.

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