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Reading Friends groups for parents

Leicestershire Libraries have been awarded funding from DCMS and The Reading Agency to run a Reading Friends scheme, aimed at parents and families.

What is Reading Friends?

Reading Friends is a befriending programme launched by The Reading Agency that helps to start conversations and connect people who are lonely and isolated.

Leicestershire Libraries have virtual groups set up locally around the county, providing support specifically for parents, particularly first-time parents, who may have felt more isolated without close family support and regular library activities during the pandemic.

There is a ‘book club’ element to the groups, with the chance to connect through reading, however they also provide an opportunity for peer support, finding out about local activities for families and making new friends in your area.

If you are a parent and would like to connect with other parents and families in your area, join your local Facebook Reading Friends group:

Telephone befriending

There are also opportunities for parents to join telephone befriending activities, and for people to volunteer to be a befriender.

Befrienders will provide regular companionship and conversation over the phone, using reading materials such as books, magazines, newspapers and Reading Friends resources as a guide to get to know the participating parent or family.

If you are friendly and confident speaking on the phone and have personal or professional experience with families, telephone befriending could be for you.

Volunteering

If you would like to know more about volunteering to support the telephone befriending service or running a virtual Reading Friends group, please contact Victoria Barton:

Email: victoria.barton@leics.gov.uk
Telephone: 0116 305 4574. 

Fiind out more about Reading Friends and groups near you.
 

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