LIBRARIES across the borough are helping to tackle isolation and loneliness as the third national lockdown continues.

The libraries have received funding from The Reading Agency to help build social connections through reading.

The project aims to connect people by starting conversations through reading, and also helps people to make friends through shared interests and hobbies.

Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for adults and communities, has said: "Libraries have a long-standing tradition of delivering activities which have a positive impact on our communities and their wellbeing.

“At this difficult time, it is more important than ever to keep connected and keep talking."

This campaign's focus will be connecting people who are vulnerable, isolated, and at risk of loneliness.

Find out more about The Reading Agency's Read, Talk, Share campaign click here.