The Reader is inviting people to ‘bring a friend’ or ‘make a friend’ this year for Mental Health Awareness week in Sefton.
The Reader is collaborating with Sefton Public Health and local organisations on a series of Shared Reading events, tying together Mental Health Awareness Week with Sefton’s Year of Friendship.
From 13 to 17 May, special Shared Reading Tasters sessions will run alongside regular Shared Reading groups – weekly read-aloud groups that bring people together and books to life.
Come along and enjoy a cup of tea, a biscuit and a chat over friendship-themed stories and poems.
TUESDAY 14 MAY
10am – 12noon – Strand By Me Shared Reading Taster
10.30am – 12noon – Kindfulness Coffee Club Weekly Shared Reading Group
12.15pm – 12.45pm – Feelgood Factory Weekly Shared Reading Group
1.30pm – 3.30pm – Crosby Library Weekly Shared Reading Group
WEDNESDAY 15 MAY
2pm – 3pm – Southport Liferooms Shared Reading Taster
THURSDAY 16 MAY
10.30am – 11.30am – Writeblend Shared Reading Taster
12noon – 1pm – Crosby Library Shared Reading Taster
1.30pm – 3pm – Crosby Library Weekly Shared Reading Group
FRIDAY 17 MAY
10am – 12noon – Bootle Library Shared Reading Taster
The Reader will also be popping up at Y Kids homework club on Monday 4pm – 6pm with a Taster session to help improve wellbeing alongside studying.
The Reader runs more than 200 Shared Reading groups across the North West; in its home at Calderstones Park, in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Skelmersdale and Lancashire, St Helens and Warrington, Wigan and Wirral. You can find your closest one here.
There are currently 17 Shared Reading groups happening in Sefton, funded by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sefton Public Health and The Limbourne Trust – nine of which are open for the public to drop in.
People who are keen to find out how they can get more involved with The Reader, including running a group locally, or starting one specifically to help reduce social isolation and strengthen their community, should email
If you want to speak to us before deciding to come along, or need to tell us about any access arrangements email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0151 729 2200.