Organisation Name

The Reading Agency


Organisation Summary

At The Reading Agency we work every day towards a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life.

We mean everyone – from toddlers to children to young adults, prisoners and older people – irrespective of age or economic background. We believe that reading can tackle life's big challenges, from social mobility to mental health – and we're determined that no one is left behind as we strive towards realising our vision. We work closely with our partners to deliver programmes to more than a million people per year, from the Summer Reading Challenge for children to Reading Well and Quick Reads for adults. As we strive to reach a larger audience we recognise the importance of listening to, and working with, our partners and participants. Our co-creation model has been developed to ensure that our programmes meet the needs of the people who will use them.

What sectors does your organisation work in?

Arts, Culture, Heritage, Leisure

Why is your organisation committed to the NDAA and the Dementia Statements?

The Reading Agency has seen the benefits of the Dementia Action Alliance through two of our programmes Reading Friends and Reading Well. Our Reading Friends programme has been working with one of the Dementia Action Alliance’s local partners DAA Sheffield and can see the benefits the national and local DAAs provide through this partnership. Reading Friends connects people by starting conversations through reading. The programme works with volunteers of all ages to build social connections and the programme reaches some of the most vulnerable members of our society: older people, people with dementia and carers. Our Reading Well programme worked with dementia healthcare experts, people with dementia and carer groups to select a list of 25 titles that provide support and advice for people with dementia and their carers. Health professionals have used the list to prescribe books to their patients and the titles are available for anyone to borrow free-of-charge from their public library.

The National Dementia Declaration outlines the need for more to be done to change the experience of living with dementia especially as the number of people living with the condition increases. We are committed to contributing to this effort.