Read, Talk, Share
Published on 04 February 2021 11:43 AM
The Reading Agency are using the proven power of reading to tackle loneliness and support mental health, as part of the country’s Covid-19 recovery. The 'Read, Talk, Share' campaign provides the opportunity for more library services across England to offer Reading Friends, a reading befriending programme which starts conversations and connects people who are lonely and isolated. The Reading Agency will also be rolling out their Reading Well mental health booklists, with every library in England being gifted these collections. To find out more, visit the Reading Agency’s website.
Read, Talk, Share in Camden
How to get involved
Taking care of your mental health
Books from the Reading Well mental health scheme are also available from Camden Library. This includes copies of the books in e-book format to make them available to as many people as possible. The books available are all chosen and recommended by health experts, as well as people living with conditions such as Dementia, and their relatives and carers.
For more information, vist the Reading Agency website here.
Age UK Camden Book Group
"We're delighted to be working in partnership with Camden Council to deliver the Reading Agency's 'Read, Talk, Share' initiative. The benefits of reading as well as contact with others is well known to support people’s health and wellbeing. This project will provide opportunities for individuals to be introduced to a diverse range of reading material and to link with others to share their thoughts on it. The project also recognises the value that public libraries bring being safe spaces for people across Camden to access support and advice. So there will be time for people to share their concerns and be provided with the information they need to reassure them. With more older people in Camden finding themselves alone, and for a longer period these 'Read, Talk, Share' groups and services will provide vital support and engagement at a time when people need it most." - Nikki Morris, Age UK Camden CEO