Learning to read goes deeper than being able to read words on paper. It helps build stronger relationships, allows people to access further education, and much more.

We help people see their full potential, and their stories show how vital reading is to everyday life. Explore learner and mentor stories below, along with those from some of our wonderful Shannon Trust supporters.

Linda, HMP Dartmoor librarian
Linda, HMP Dartmoor librarian

Linda shares her experience of working as the librarian at HMP Dartmoor and delivering the Shannon Trust reading programme.

Jenny, HMP Bristol librarian
Jenny, HMP Bristol librarian

Ahead of National Librarian Day, Jenny shares her experience of working as a librarian at HMP Bristol.

Jimmy runs to victory in the Manchester Marathon
Jimmy runs to victory in the Manchester Marathon

Devon based runner, Jimmy Joy, took on his first marathon in 36 years to raise vital funds to support disadvantaged people to learn to learn.

Ryan's story
Ryan's story

After helping people to learn to read in prison, Ryan wants to continue to help people on release.

Simon's story
Simon's story

Simon shares his experience of being a Shannon Trust mentor and how it felt to help people learn to read.

Jimmy puts his best foot forward for Shannon Trust
Jimmy puts his best foot forward for Shannon Trust

Jimmy has now run 3 half marathons to raise funds for Shannon Trust. He told us why the charity is so close to his heart.

A mentor’s perspective
A mentor’s perspective

One mentor's story of helping people learn to read.

Never too late to Learn
Never too late to Learn

One learner wrote a poem on their experience learning to read

My mentor story
My mentor story

Pank shares his story of being a mentor and becoming a prison volunteer after his release

Ben’s story
Ben’s story

Read Ben's story of learning to read for the first time with Shannon Trust.

Joe’s Story
Joe’s Story

“I want to be able to read the letters my daughter writes to me and be able to write back”

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Ben’s story
Ben’s story

Read Ben's story of learning to read for the first time with Shannon Trust.

Never too late to Learn
Never too late to Learn

One learner wrote a poem on their experience learning to read

Joe’s Story
Joe’s Story

“I want to be able to read the letters my daughter writes to me and be able to write back”

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A mentor’s perspective
A mentor’s perspective

One mentor's story of helping people learn to read.

My mentor story
My mentor story

Pank shares his story of being a mentor and becoming a prison volunteer after his release

Simon's story
Simon's story

Simon shares his experience of being a Shannon Trust mentor and how it felt to help people learn to read.

Ryan's story
Ryan's story

After helping people to learn to read in prison, Ryan wants to continue to help people on release.

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Jenny, HMP Bristol librarian
Jenny, HMP Bristol librarian

Ahead of National Librarian Day, Jenny shares her experience of working as a librarian at HMP Bristol.

Linda, HMP Dartmoor librarian
Linda, HMP Dartmoor librarian

Linda shares her experience of working as the librarian at HMP Dartmoor and delivering the Shannon Trust reading programme.

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Jimmy runs to victory in the Manchester Marathon
Jimmy runs to victory in the Manchester Marathon

Devon based runner, Jimmy Joy, took on his first marathon in 36 years to raise vital funds to support disadvantaged people to learn to learn.

Jimmy puts his best foot forward for Shannon Trust
Jimmy puts his best foot forward for Shannon Trust

Jimmy has now run 3 half marathons to raise funds for Shannon Trust. He told us why the charity is so close to his heart.

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Do you have a story to share? We'd love to hear from you. Please email media@shannontrust.org.uk or call 020 3764 5244

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.

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