Scottish Book Trust is working in partnership with the Reading Agency on the delivery of the Reading Friends in Scotland.
Reading Friends is a new UK-wide project which will use reading to empower, engage and connect isolated older people, including people with dementia and their carers, thanks to a £2.1 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund. It will use a unique befriending model and work with partners to provide those who are vulnerable and at risk of isolation with opportunities to engage in social reading activities.
Reading Friends will work with people drawn from the local community, or partner organisations, who are passionate about reading and befriending older people. They will use resources and toolkits to provide reading activities such as one-to-one and group social reading, book chats, themed and reader curated book lists, book gifting and author events.
This project is run by Scottish Book Trust (Scotland).