Grant to establish a Reading Friends Programme up to £10,000                               

Reading Friends is an exciting new UK-wide programme run by The Reading Agency that will empower, engage and connect isolated older people through reading.

Reading Friends brings together volunteers (“Reading Partners”) and vulnerable and isolated older people (“Reading Friends”) through social reading.

The Reading Agency has partnered with Verbal who will commission one test project in Northern Ireland to explore ways of developing and delivering Reading Friends.

The test project will be funded to undertake activities from September 2018 to 31st August 2019.

How do I apply?

Please link to:  and read the Reading Friends Information Document to see if you are eligible.  

Please request and fill out an Expression of Interest form from Sinead Devine at the following email address: [email protected]



Completed forms should be returned to Sinead Devine at the same email address by:

1pm on Thursday 28th June 2018.

If you have any questions about the Reading Friends project please contact Sinead Devine in advance on

028 71 266 946.

Good luck!