Streetreads work tirelessly to get books into the hands of homeless readers, giving away great reads to those in need of them.
Streetreads at Simon Community Scotland has been taking books out to individual rough sleepers, soup kitchens, night shelters and refuges since 2016. It’s always been about connecting people to books, taking books to people wherever they may be and in whatever way they need to access them. Like all our work, Streetreads offers a really tailored service. We work closely with people on the street and in hostels to find out what interests them, what they want to read and what book format works best for them – written or audio, in English or in another language. This means we request donations of exactly what is wanted and needed. More than a book, it is a personally tailored gift in a condition you would be happy to give to a friend or relative. We also provide some ‘take and share’ bookshelves in different locations where donated books can be picked up easily.