The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency


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  • 161 donors
  • 4 fundraisers

About us

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. In 2019-20, The Reading Agency reached over 1.8 million people across the UK, including more than 950,000 children and over 900,000 adults and young people.

We work closely with our partners to deliver programmes across the country, 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.

Our publisher partnerships enable us to support them in reaching more readers and building a wider audience. We work closely with them across multiple projects, including our annual World Book Night celebration, and the selection process for BBC Radio 2's Book Club. We also work on the annual 500 Words competition, assisting with the judging process to help decide on the shortlist of finalists.

Our impact evaluation means that we know that our programmes work. But we also know that we need more funding to achieve our goal of getting more people involved in reading. That's why we value our existing fundraising partnerships so highly and are committed to seeking out further funding partners who share our belief in need for our work and in the power of books to change lives.

As an organisation we believe that it doesn't matter what you read, as long as you read. Whatever your fancy or needs, we believe there's a book for you and our programmes are designed to help unlock the value and benefit of reading. Read more about them here and find one that suits you.

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