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Give them the chance to learn to read.

We support thousands of people every year to learn to read, but there are many more who need our help. By making a gift to Shannon Trust, you can help us make sure nobody is left out of learning.

Anwar's story*

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When I first came to jail at 26 years old, I didn’t know how to read and write.

It was hard not being able to read, everything in life involves reading. I wasn’t able to do things for myself like read menus or complete applications.

I learned about the Shannon Trust through a friend in prison who told me about the reading programme. I can do applications and read instructions now. I am now able to communicate with my family through letters. It’s made a big difference. I’ve now achieved a level 2 qualification in English and maths.

It wasn’t easy to start from the beginning and learn to read but I pushed myself to do the work. As I worked through the guides, it got easier. I knew I had to do this, to get better opportunities in life.

In prison, I worked in the printing workshop which I wouldn’t have been able to do before I could read, and I’m working in farms and gardens at the moment. In the future, I would like to work in schools and become a role model to children who can’t or don’t want to read.

I didn't think I could do it but I have. I'm proud of myself.

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