Digital Reading Groups

ReadingAgencyLogoDigital Reading Groups help visually impaired and older readers access ebooks and join in with reading groups from a distance.
Digital Reading Groups is a new idea from The Reading Agency. Older people in Stockton and Sunderland will be matched with young volunteers from the Agency’s Reading Activists programme, who will help them set up the right technology for reading digitally. Older, digitally-savvy volunteers will also help support the readers throughout the programme, with reading group sessions both in local libraries and online, all supported by volunteers to get over any barriers whether digital or physical.
The user can then join a virtual or online reading group giving older people especially those with a visual impairment an online and real-world way to connect with each other, family and friend through a shared interest in books.
The Reading Agency is currently prototyping this work and looking for further funding to expand.
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