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The Reader Organisation

What it does
    We aim to bring about a Reading Revolution making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy and engage with books on a deep and personal level. We aim to improve well-being and build communities through shared reading. Our work is driven by the heartfelt belief that literacy is not just the ability to read, but the state of being a reader.
Who works here
  • 116 employees and 800 volunteers.
Who it helps
  • Children/young People
  • Elderly/old People
  • People With Disabilities
  • The General Public/mankind
Sector(s) covered
  • Education/training
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
  • Arts/culture/heritage/science
  • Other Charitable Purposes
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
How it's governed
  • UK Charity, number: 1126806
  • First registered on 19/11/2008
UN SDGs
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Good health & wellbeing
Quality Education
Reduced Inequalities
Financial Data
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus Assets Months
Reserves
Employees Volunteers Filed on
31/03/2018 £3,169,874 £2,359,882 £809,992 4 116 800 14/12/2018
31/03/2017 £3,044,142 £3,062,213 -£18,071 £801,551 1 128 280 08/12/2017
31/03/2016 £3,678,504 £3,410,994 £267,510 £819,622 1 131 400 20/12/2016
31/03/2015 £2,813,854 £2,729,199 £84,655 £552,112 2 104 300 02/12/2015
31/03/2014 £2,067,242 £1,998,692 £68,550 £467,457 2 80 120 07/01/2015
31/03/2013 £1,624,897 £1,547,855 £77,042 £398,907 2 68 145 11/12/2013
31/03/2012 £1,297,300 £1,266,980 £30,320 £321,865 2 41 50 08/10/2012
31/03/2011 £1,058,462 £1,033,485 £24,977 £291,545 3 34 70 14/10/2011
31/03/2010 £674,585 £596,735 £77,850 £266,568 5 25 5 11/10/2010
Donations received

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 9 grant making charities totalling £2,381,582

Amount/
When
Donor To be used for
£155,589
31/12/2018
Esmee Fairbairn Towards volunteer manager, programme co-ordinator and partnership manager roles which together will increase participation in literature based cultural activities for individuals experiencing mental health challenges or social isolation.
£75,000
31/10/2018
Tudor Trust towards work to convert the Calderstones mansion house in Liverpool for use as a wellbeing centre utilising Reader's shared reading model
£20,000
30/06/2018
AB Charitable Trust £20,000 towards the core costs of criminal justice work
£50,000
31/10/2017
Garfield Weston Foundation The Reader - Building Communities through Shared Reading
£858,517
31/10/2017
National Lottery The Reader will aim to improve personal well-being, reduce social isolation and build stronger communities. Weekly reading groups will provide a friendly and welcoming space where stories and poems are read aloud, and thoughts and reflections can be shared. The funding will help develop stronger digital platforms, communications channels and resources to help the charity reach more people.
£270,000
28/02/2017
Nesta Second Half Fund programme grant to The Reader Organisation Grant Ref AC00616
£87,900
28/02/2017
City Bridge Trust £87,900 over three years (£35,900; £27,800; £24,200) towards the cost of establishing Shared Reading groups in Croydon targeting isolated older people 75 plus.
£440,766
31/12/2016
National Lottery Feel Better with a Book
£23,815
25/07/2016
United Saviours Charity Shared reading workshops for parents and very young children in community and library venues in north Southwark. The project aims to increase parents’ confidence in reading and time spent reading with their children outside the groups.
£170,000
30/06/2015
Tudor Trust towards the environmental aspects of work to convert Calderstones Mansion in Liverpool for use as a wellbeing centre utilising the shared reading model
£19,995
30/04/2015
Comic Relief Shared Reading groups in Barnet Care Settings
£210,000
31/05/2014
Esmee Fairbairn Towards the core costs related to the 'whole person, whole population' approach to shared reading.
Governance
Trustees (8)
  • Rosemary Helen Hawley
  • Philip Davies (2 trusteeships)
  • Kathy Anstey
  • Giles Robert Brand
  • Hugh John Biddell
  • Dr Ruth Hussey (2 trusteeships)
  • Geethanjali Rabindrakumar
  • Pranav Sood
Main office

THE READER ORGANISATION
THE MANSION HOUSE
CALDERSTONES PARK
LIVERPOOL
L18 3JB

Objectives

TO PROMOTE ANY CHARITABLE PURPOSES FOR THE BENEFIT OF CITIZENS AND INHABITANTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND OTHER COUNTRIES, IN PARTICULAR THE ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION, THE FURTHERANCE OF HEALTH, THE RELIEF OF POVERTY, DISTRESS AND SICKNESS, THE PROMOTION OF SOCIAL INCLUSION AND FURTHERANCE OF COMMUNITY ESPECIALLY THROUGH READING AND LITERATURE-BASED ACTIVITIES