Impact


Learning to read isn't just a brilliant thing, it changes lives. It builds confidence, helps keep people connected and makes the world an easier place to live. It makes the impossible, possible. Listen and read about how the Reading Plan is helping people in prison.

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Michael's Story: Part 1

'I could look at it a thousand times and it was like looking at a blank piece of paper'. Michael was 8 years into his sentence when he started to learn to read with his Mentor. Our first audio picks up with him shortly after he started learning.

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Michael's Story: Part 2

'I can read slowly and in the next few months I'll pick it up.'

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Michael's Story - Part 3

'It's coming along great actually.'

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Michael's story - Part 4

'I can do this, and I'm somebody.'

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Listening to our expert citizens

Listening to Learners and Mentors helps make sure we keep their experience at the heart of the Reading Plan. Our annual survey is just one of the ways we listen. Catch up with what we found out in the latest survey.

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Why Shannon Trust volunteers make a difference

A prison governor explains why volunteers, supporting prisoners, works.

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'What did it feel like before you could read?'

Ben Okri and Learners at HMP Isis.

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Prisoners helping Prisoners

Listen as Radio 4 Today guest editor Ben Okri visits HMP Isis to talk to Mentors and Learners involved in the Reading Plan.

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Birmingham City University Evaluation

File download in PDF format

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'I have a little daughter so it helps me as well.'

How being involved in the Reading Plan is helping people in prison and their families.

'Making a genuine difference.'
'I bet no-one in here could visualise what it's like not to know how to read and write'
'All the lives changed because of that..'