Transform someone’s life.
Give them the chance to learn to read.
We support thousands of disadvantaged 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.
I’m going to use everything I’ve learned and turn this into something positive. My confidence has grown so much. I can’t wait to apply to college and get a job.
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.
I used to dread working but now I enjoy it. Before, I struggled to hold down a full-time paid job for many years. When I leave here, I won’t need to go onto benefits, I feel I’ll hold down a job.
It has made a big impact on my life because being able to read has made things more possible for me. I can now apply for jobs, college and my driving test.
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.
*Name has been changed to protect identity.
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Being unable to read is more common than you think.
People with poor reading skills are more likely to live in inadequate, overcrowded housing, experience poor physical and mental health, be in unskilled jobs or even pursue alternative methods of generating income that can leave them vulnerable to abuse and lead them into crime.
Reading makes day to day life easier and safer for the learner, improves family relationships including with children, and helps to break the cycle of low literacy. In fact, learning to read is often the first step into further learning and employment, with 9 out of 10 Shannon Trust learners seeking out further education.
We believe in rehabilitation and know that for many, learning to read plays a key role. With your support, we can have 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.
Make a donation today and help people learn to read, access education and training opportunities, build relationships with their families, and have more hope for the future.Donate