We believe nobody should be left out of learning.
Our reading programmes are available in all prisons across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We also work with partner organisations in the community, supporting people to learn to read.
Did you know that over 50% of people in prison can’t read, or struggle to?
Turning Pages, our evidence-based reading manuals, enable people to learn in a way that best suits them – either one-to-one or through self-study resources. Our flexible, informal approach even suits those who have never read a word before. Learning to read can be a powerful springboard into so many other opportunities, in fact 9 out of 10 Shannon Trust learners take up further education.
We believe in rehabilitation and know that for many, learning to read plays a key role. It has a transformative impact on the life of the individual and those around them, which in turn can lead to reduced reoffending and a better society.Read more
The first book was basic and good, Shannon Trust gives good foundations in reading and English. I’ve spent years in education but this has been far more beneficial in a short period of time.
I get a real sense of pride knowing the positive impact I am having on someone’s life, and I hope when I leave prison I am able to help more adults who struggle with reading and writing.
If my grandmother was still alive she would be so proud that I’ve done this. I know she would say ‘I told you, you’re never too old to learn’ and learning to read at 33 years of age proves just that.
We know a lot of people have had bad learning experiences in the past, so our programme is designed to be different. Find out how it works, and how you or someone you know can get involved.Learn more