03 February 2021 Share
Tackling loneliness and supporting mental health through the proven power of reading.
The Reading Agency have announced a new initiative to combat loneliness and promote wellbeing through the proven power of reading during the COVID-19 pandemic this winter.
Enabled by a £3.5 million award by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Read, Talk, Share will expand The Reading Agency’s already successful Reading Well and Reading Friends programmes, with the charity’s work to tackle loneliness and support mental health and wellbeing identified by the Government as a key aspect of the nation’s Covid recovery.
The two initiatives demonstrate the power of reading to support and connect isolated individuals, and the benefits of bibliotherapy to mental health. The DCMS funding presents an unprecedented level of investment in library services to tackle loneliness and support mental health, and The Reading Agency plans to work closely with local libraries and organisations to reach communities through reading, talking, and sharing.