Reading is Caring (Scottish Book Trust)

Who is this for?

  • For those currently caring for someone living with dementia at any stage.

Who provides this?

  • Scottish Book Trust


Reading is Caring trains people who care for someone living with dementia – including partners, friends, family members and professional carers – to create personalised, shared and sensory reading experiences through free workshops that can help maintain their caring relationships, spark memories and relieve stress.

In one-on-one and small group workshops, our team explores the experiences and interests of you and the person you care for to tailor sessions and build your confidence. Together, you’ll develop storytelling skills and gather specific reading materials, pictures, objects and other sensory items to share.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Workshops are free to access and usually online in small groups or one-to-one. You can view our upcoming workshop dates on our website and register by emailing If you can’t email, you can call us on 0131 524 0160 and a member of the Reading is Caring team can arrange a workshop with you.

Is there a cost?

  • Free

Opening times

  • We usually offer workshops on selected dates but can be flexible to suit your needs – the best way is to get in touch and talk through your availability with us.

Contact Details

Keira O’Sullivan
Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, 55 Trunk's Cl, High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

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Type of services on offer:

Loneliness/isolated groups
Long term conditions/disabilities
Older people

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