PEOPLE who would be happy to read to adults with reading difficulties are being sought for a new project.

The council’s library service is launching a project to establish reading aloud groups for adults, who find reading a challenge, to enjoy in libraries or other community and social venues across the county.

Councillor Rachel Powell, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: “We are looking to recruit ‘Read and Remember’ volunteers, to be trained to read aloud to adults on a regular basis, particularly to older or disabled people or those living with mild to moderate dementia or depression.

“Reading aloud could take place on a ‘one-to-one’ basis in the home, or as part of a small friendly group in the library or other community venue. Families and carers are very welcome to take part,” added Cllr Powell.

The project will also provide a bank of resources to support readers, including books for reading aloud, audio books, and sets of the ‘books on prescription’ dementia booklist.

The council hopes that further groups may develop from this venture, including arts and crafts and dementia singing groups.

For more information, contact Trish Thomas via, or by call Newtown Library on 01686 626 934.