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Resources

09 August 2022

Reading Friends Volunteer Management Session run by NCVO

Materials from the Good Practice in Volunteer Management session run by NCVO on 20 July 2022

19 July 2022

Reading Friends Volunteer Toolkit

Taken from section 5 of the Project Toolkit, this section is focused on Reading Befrienders who may be volunteers or staff. It details the specific support for the volunteer journey: Recruiting, Managing and Supporting volunteers. [Supporting the NCVO session 20...

04 April 2022

Reading Friends Dementia Information Resource (Welsh)

This resource has information and advice to make your Reading Friends sessions dementia friendly. Give to volunteers if needed.

04 April 2022

Reading Friends Adaptable Matching Questionnaire (Welsh)

You can use and adapt this editable questionnaire to match up your Reading Friends and Reading Befrienders by their interests and also find out more about them. It can be a useful way of finding out any support needs. If...

28 February 2022

Guiding Principles of Reading Friends

Take a look at the core principles of Reading Friends as no matter the delivery – in person, over the phone or virtual – there are some key aspects and values which remain the same.

17 February 2022

How To Access Reading Friends Resources With Your Passport Account

A brief information sheet to help you log in and access Reading Friends resources with your passport account.

01 February 2022

Reading Friends Stay Connected! Signposting (Welsh)

Details and links of other useful organisations including mental health contact details in Welsh. Please share ideas any further ideas with us. It can be useful to bring this off for any volunteers and staff to keep.

01 February 2022

Reading Friends Tips for Virtual Befriending on Zoom (Welsh)

This resource contains helpful tips and reminders on how to set up and and deliver a Reading Friends Zoom session in Welsh, keeping your online group safe and secure, and other important things to consider.

01 February 2022

Reading Friends Group Session Tips (Welsh)

Hints and tips for running a great Reading Friends session in Welsh. This information sheet gives you some general tips and things to think about to help everyone feel welcome, comfortable, and have fun.

01 February 2022

Reading Befriender Training 2 PDF (Welsh)

Reading Befriender PDF of training video 2 in Welsh: help everyone get involved: The role of a Reading Befriender

31 January 2022

Reading Friends Tips for New and Prospective Parents (Welsh)

This resource contains tips for running Reading Friends with new and prospective parents in Welsh, important things to consider, and the types of reading materials you could include. Use this resource when planning and delivering a Reading Friends session with...

22 December 2021

Reading Friends Project Starter Checklist (Welsh)

A handy checklist of things in Welsh you’ll need to consider when setting up a new Reading Friends project.

22 December 2021

Guiding Principles of Reading Friends (Welsh)

Take a look at the core principles of Reading Friends in Welsh. No matter the delivery – in person, over the phone or virtual – there are some key aspects and values which remain the same.

22 December 2021

Reading Friends Engaging with Funders Documents

This resource includes the Slides and Workshop Outline from the Engaging with Funders Session on 13 December 2021.

10 December 2021

Reading Friends Matching Questionnaire

You can use this to match up your Reading Friends and Reading Befrienders by their interests and also find out more about them. It can be a useful way of finding out any support needs. If you’re able to email...

10 December 2021

Reading Friends Adaptable Matching Questionnaire

You can use and adapt this editable questionnaire to match up your Reading Friends and Reading Befrienders by their interests and also find out more about them. It can be a useful way of finding out any support needs. If...

23 November 2021

Reading Friends resource pack: The Imperfect Art of Caring

This free resource pack for The Imperfect Art of Caring by Jessica Ryn has been designed for Reading Friends projects. It contains an extract from the book and discussion questions intended to support conversations and reflections on personal experiences...

21 November 2021

Reading Befriender Area info for Coordinators

Information and instructions for how to access the dedicated Area. Reading Friends Coordinators have a unique code to give to their befrienders so they can access the Area. Any issues, email readingfriends@readingagency.org.uk

20 November 2021

Reading Befriender Area info for befrienders

Instructions for how befrienders access the Area dedicated to their training and resources. There are two versions depending on whether they have an account already. Please give befrienders the appropriate instructions. Any issues, contact readingfriends@readingagency.org.uk

19 October 2021

Reading Friends Impact Statistics

Use these impact highlights alongside the Case for Support to develop funding applications and engage key stakeholders.

19 October 2021

What Works Well: session ideas

This resource includes ideas and tips on what types of activities and reading materials have worked well in Reading Friends sessions. Please let us know at readingfriends@readingagency.org.uk if anything else has worked well for you.

01 October 2021

Warm Welcome Toolkit

Older people told Ageing Better in Camden that a Warm Welcome is essential when encouraging people to take part in activities and remain connected in their communities, especially if they have faced loneliness or social isolation. They gathered ideas, resources...

14 September 2021

Guidance for Reading Friends Funding Routes

This resource contains information and guidance on different possible funding routes for Reading Friends activities.

28 July 2021

Project Case Study Guidance

If you have a story to share, please tell us about it using the example questions in this resource as a guide.

28 July 2021

Participant Case Study Guidance

If a Reading Friends participant would like to share their story, please tell us about it using the questions in this resource as a guide.

28 July 2021

Befriender Case Study Guidance

If a Reading Friends Befriender would like to share their story, please tell us about it using the questions in this resource as a guide.

23 July 2021

Reading Friends Case for Support for Public Libraries

The Case for Support for Reading Friends has been created to help library authorities develop funding applications and engage key stakeholders. Please use, adapt and add local evidence as required to develop briefing papers and proposals.

22 July 2021

Case for Support Discussion Group Notes

These are the notes from the group discussion part of our Case for Support Skills Share Session. This resource includes tips for local fundraising routes, challenges and future plans.

02 May 2021

Reading Friends Commissioning Toolkit

This toolkit gives practical guidance to help support engagement in commissioning at a local level. View Toolkit (Login above first to access)

23 April 2021

Read, Talk, Share Bloomsbury reading list

Bloomsbury has put together a list of fiction and non-fiction books that deal with loneliness and mental health issues, as well as other fiction titles that can help bring people together and spark conversations in Reading Friends sessions. This book...