Skip Navigation

Shared Reading

South West Region of Readers project to support reading and skills.

We are delighted to announce funding of £136,846 from Arts Council England for an innovative project to involve local people in:

  • shared reading
  • opportunity to attend cultural events
  • enjoy a digital app and online resources about literature

Delivered in partnership with Literature Works, The Reader, South Western Regional Library Service (SWRLS) and 6 South West Library Services, library service staff will work with volunteers and other partners to support and encourage literacy and digital skills.

Shared Reading Groups will be set up bringing people together to regularly share and listen to poems and stories. Through sharing their thoughts and experiences people make personal and social connections, helping to improve self confidence and overcome social isolation.

We are looking for volunteers who love reading and meeting people (word, 462kb) (opens in a new window) to help us set up and run the groups in Christchurch Library and Learning Centre, Portland Tophill Library and Weymouth Library.

Volunteer Reader Leader Role Description (word, 81kb) (opens in a new window)

We are looking for volunteers to be Shared Reading Advocates to champion and promote groups in the region. (word, 80kb) (opens in a new window)

Interested in co-ordinating a shared reading project in Weymouth or Christchurch? (word, 80kb) (opens in a new window)

For more information contact:

Emma Crago


Phone: 07970 247 410

Or email the Reading and Learning Team

Shared Reading Groups in Dorset

Blandford LibraryFirst Monday of the month2.30pm - 4pm
Bridport LibraryLast Wednesday of the month3pm - 4.30pm
Christchurch Library and Learning CentreEvery Friday10.30am - 12 noon
Dorchester Library and Learning Centre5 February, 5 March, 9 April, 14 May, 4 June 201810.15am - 11.45am
Portland Tophill LibraryEvery Thursday (from 25 January 2018)10.30am - 12 noon
Weymouth LibraryEvery Monday10.30am - 12 noon


Powered by GOSS iCM