Learning to read transforms lives. And there are plenty of ways that you can help.

Through learning to read, people see a more confident version of themselves, with more opportunities than they’ve ever had before. It offers them a vision of a better, brighter future. 

This impact isn’t just felt by the person learning to read, but by everyone around them; family and friends, prison or service staff, and the wider community.

We want to ensure that nobody is left out of learning, but we can’t do it without you.

Support us by fundraising

Transform someone’s life. Give them the chance to learn to read.

Learning to read has a huge impact. Not just on the person learning to read, but on everyone around them; whether that is their mentor, their family and friends, prison or service staff, or the wider community. It brings joy and opportunities to many peoples’ lives.

Immediate benefits for learners:

Makes day to day life easier and safer for the learner and those around them

Improves family relationships including with children – learners have reported they feel like better parents being able to read and write to their children

Helps to break the cycle of low literacy, which runs in families

Offers people better opportunities – including education and employment – providing a brighter outlook for the future

With your support, we can help people learn to read, access education and training opportunities, build relationships with their families, and have more hope for the future.


How your donations make a difference

£8 could provide a learner with their first reading materials

£35 could provide Turning Pages reading guides and build confidence

£50 could provide training and resources for prison mentors


We have a fantastic team of volunteers who support Shannon Trust to transform the lives of disadvantaged people through learning to read. There are lots of ways to get involved with our programme.

Become a volunteer