Community Reading Workers

Our Community Reading Workers provide individual support to access books and reading for pleasure and bring people together to share their experiences in local groups.

Reading for Wellbeing Launch event group photo

Our Community Reading Workers support access to stories and reading, including audio books, to help improve health and wellbeing. They provide a holistic and personalised approach to empower and motivate each person or family to experience the pleasure of reading and take proactive steps to improve their wellbeing. This could include spaces and places for reading, emotional support and other tools to help mental and physical wellbeing.

The workers go out into the community, engaging with local organisations and individuals, and using reading as a way of starting conversations and making connections. 

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. Referrals can include those experiencing anxiety, stress, chronic pain, depression, or other conditions, family carers and those who may be socially isolated. We work with a wide range of age groups including children and their families. Priority communities and individuals will be determined by local need.

In lieu of having a physical library space... that’s me! I am the library in Tow Law and I provide everything that you would hope a good library does.

Hazel, Helen, Reading for Wellbeing Community Reading Worker - Testimonial

The role of Community Reading Workers

  • Support and facilitate opportunities to promote reading and the power of storytelling as a social prescribing intervention to support health, wellbeing and social inclusion.

  • Work in particular community settings and with individuals who live in areas of material deprivation and social disadvantage.

  • Work with individuals who wouldn’t normally access libraries.

  • Making connections between people, tackling social isolation and loneliness by providing 1:1 support to individuals, and establish local reading groups in response to need.

  • Offering tailored reading suggestions based on individual circumstances and issues.

  • Support parents with techniques to engage their children in reading and work with children and young people to engage them in the pleasure of reading.

I’ve been working with Freedom Zone who support LGBTQ+ young people aged 18-24. I support them to access to good quality queer fiction as an important part of the journey they are on with their own identity.

Helen, Reading for Wellbeing Community Reading Worker

The passion and commitment of our Community Reading Workers is the key to our success