Reading for Wellbeing

Supporting people to discover and share the health and wellbeing benefits of reading for pleasure

Social Perscribing

What is Reading for Wellbeing?

Initiated and sponsored by best-selling author Ann Cleeves, six North East local authorities have been trialling Community Reading Workers based in a range of different community settings introducing participants to the power of reading for pleasure to improve health and wellbeing and tackle health inequalities. 

VONNE have supported this regional pilot project bringing together partnerships involving public health, libraries, the VCSE and North East & North Cumbria ICB Healthy Communities & Social Prescribing leads, has seen a range of different delivery approaches targeting our most disadvantaged areas and communities. Nine Community Reading workers working across six Local Authorities have been recruited with a further six Local Authority areas looking to develop the model.

"Reading for Wellbeing works because everyone involved - those working in public health, libraries, and the voluntary sector - has been flexible, passionate and committed. It helps that organisations in the North East are brilliant at partnership working. I'm so proud to be a part of it." Ann Cleeves

Meet the people involved and find out what the project means to them...

Can you help grow Reading for Wellbeing?

The project team is keen to work with local partners to grow Reading for Wellbeing in a way that adapts to local needs and helps reach those people who will benefit most, such as those experiencing ill health, loneliness or are perhaps least likely to be accessing mainstream library services or groups.

If you think your local community would benefit from Reading for Wellbeing and want to know more about the model, Community Reading Workers, training options or to discuss setting up a local partnership visit their website to get in touch.