Make a Referral

Our Community Reading Workers take referrals from a wide variety of sources, including health and social care professionals, Social Prescribing Link Workers based in GP practices, voluntary and community sector groups, and self referrals.
Reading for Wellbeing Localities - Gateshead, County Durham, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tees

Reading for Wellbeing is currently operating in 6 Local Authority areas of the North East. Other areas are in development and will be added to this website as they go live.

Referrals can include those experiencing anxiety, stress, chronic pain, depression, or other conditions, family carers and those who may be socially isolated.

Priority communities and individuals are determined locally by partners – see below for our current local area contacts and email direct for criteria and/or further information.

Directory of Community Reading Workers

Contact our Community Reading Workers directly to make a referral. Self-referrals are welcome.


Durham County Council

Post currently vacant, information will be posted in due course

Gateshead Council

Karen Leggott

Libraries and Heritage Engagement Officer

Karen Leggott, Gateshead Reading for Wellbeing Worker

North Tyneside Council

Mary Lowe

Community Reading Worker

Mary Lowe, Reading for Wellbeing Community Reading Worker, North Tyneside

Northumberland County Council

Jane Sampson

Reading Facilitator

Jane Sampson, Reading for Wellbeing Northumberland Reading Facilitator
Sarah Carlson 

Reading Facilitator

Sarah Carlson, Reading for Wellbeing Northumberland Reading Facilitator

South Tees Public Health

Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland council areas

Linda Murphy

Community Reading Coach

Linda Murphy, Reading for Wellbeing Community Reading Champion, South Tees

Can’t find your area?

If your area does not feature, search for your local library service and contact them to access free books and find out what services and groups they provide. 

You can also try The Reader who support a number of Shared Reading Groups throughout the UK and online. Shared Reading groups bring people together in small groups to read aloud a book, short story or poem.