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The TeaBooks project: sociable book groups for the over-60s

The TeaBooks project is now being managed by Age UK Oxfordshire. For more information about the project, please contact katecastleden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

How many groups are there?

There are around twenty groups meeting across Oxfordshire every three to four weeks in a wide variety of venues, including libraries, cafes, sheltered accommodation, day centres and residential homes.

What happens at a TeaBooks meeting?

Most of our TeaBooks groups are very similar to any other book group, with everyone reading the same one or two titles at home, and then returning to the next meeting to share their thoughts and opinions about the book, as well as enjoying more general conversation!

Some of our groups, where the participants are older or more frail, do not always take a book away to read, but will enjoy listening to and discussing short stories and poetry within the session.

Why do we have TeaBooks Group Leaders?

Every TeaBooks group has its own volunteer group leader who will organise all the books from the local library and bring them along to the sessions. This means there is no expensive book buying for the group members, and also gives the group members access to large print and audio copies if needed.

As well as organising the books, the Group Leader’s most important task is to ensure everyone feels welcome and everyone’s opinion is heard.

What sort of books does a TeaBooks group read?

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ TeaBooks book choice! TeaBooks groups read anything and everything from modern thrillers to historical romance, autobiographies to prize-winning literary fiction.

More information

For a full list of TeaBooks groups, including those which currently have spaces, click here.

For a recent list of recommended reads – as enjoyed by our TeaBooks groups – click here.

If you would like to join a TeaBooks group, OR think you might be interested in becoming a volunteer group leader OR know of a venue which might welcome a TeaBooks group, please email Kate Castleden, the TeaBooks Co-ordinator: katecastleden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

To see a copy of our latest annual evaluation, click here to download the pdf.

Watch a short film about our TeaBooks groups:

TeaBooks is kindly supported by Oxfordshire Library Service who organise a special borrowing scheme for our volunteer Group Leaders.

With thanks to the Oxfordshire Library Service, St Michael’s and All Saints’ Charities and the Oxfordshire Community Foundation for their support for TeaBooks

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