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 is currently operating in 10 Local Authority areas of the North East:

  • County Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland
  • Redcar & Cleveland
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland 


People who may benefit from Reading for Wellbeing include those experiencing anxiety, stress, chronic pain, depression, or other conditions, family carers and those who may be socially isolated.

Professionals can refer people or individuals can self refer  independently if they feel they may benefit. 

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

Directory of Community Reading Workers

Contact our Community Reading Workers directly to make a referral or self refer.

Durham County Council

Charlotte Battison & Elizabeth King

Gateshead Council

Karen Leggott

Libraries and Heritage Engagement Officer

Hartlepool Council

Lesley Shilson & Diane Youll

Newcastle Council

Charlotte Isherwood, Helen Parker & Chris Wilcock 

North Tyneside Council

Mary Lowe

Community Reading Worker

Northumberland County Council

Jane Sampson & Sarah Carlson 

Reading Facilitators

South Tyneside Council

Clare Craig & Victoria Little  

South Tees Public Health

Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland council areas

Linda Murphy

Community Reading Coach

Sunderland Council

 Angela Bromage 

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.