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Thursday, 21 January 2021

Reading Force - Update

During this latest lockdown we know you’ll have many families that you’ll be trying to help in whatever way you can. We wanted to let you know that Reading Force, the shared reading and scrapbook activity is fully operational, and ask you to spread the word to your families so they can take part.

Thank you to all of you who have been giving out our scrapbooks and suggesting Reading Force to families to do at home: Sharing a book and chatting about it, using one of our special scrapbooks, provides a fun shared activity for Forces families, common ground for conversations and a means of keeping in touch through the most challenging of times. A completed scrapbook, and one of our certificates of participation, also enables families to emerge with physical reminder of time well spent – and something to look back on with pride.

‘During lockdown because of covid-19 this book brought us laughter, quality time spent together and a fun activity to do at home.’

Reading Force is available for free to all those with a Forces connection (whether serving, reservist, veteran, injured or wider family – including former families of Forces personnel, who are no longer living together due to relationship breakdown).

How it works
Families are encouraged to register to take part at and we send each child a special scrapbook and a free book. The book we send is tailored to the age of the child(ren) taking part.