Reader Leader

 The purpose of this exciting shared project is:

  • To connect people with great literature and each other, through a quality Shared Reading experience which seeks to enrich lives 
  • Improve wellbeing
  • Build community
  • Reduce social isolation

Key activities:

  • You will be responsible for delivering a Shared Reading session on a weekly basis in a group of 6-12 adults. Group sessions will last for up to 1.5-2 hours. Activities will include:
  • Choosing and preparing texts in advance of each reading session.
  • Creating a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Leading shared reading sessions.
  • Sharing welcome packs with new readers.
  • Maintaining records about each reading session.
  • Collecting monitoring and evaluating data from group members as required-this project sits within an exciting national research campaign and the evaluation of volunteers and group members will be a key element of the work.  Full training will be given.


  • Reliability and flexibility.
  • Good organisational, time management and interpersonal skills.
  • Patience with those who are unable to communicate clearly and/or less confident.
  • Able to ask for help when needed.
  • Have a warm, calm and friendly manner that reflects the readers ethos and values.
  • Feedback to The Reader staff/your Shared Reading Organiser/Community Champion if you have particular concerns or difficulties.
  • Ability to remain resilient and show compassion to members of the community.
  • Have a responsible approach to health and safety.


  • Accessibility
    Some limited access as building is listed
  • Age restrictions
    over 16
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 04/12/2018

End Date: 23/04/2019

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The Allen Gallery
2 Church Street
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