Our volunteers come from all walks of life.

Many have personal experience of struggling to learn to read, or they’ve worked in a profession where they understand how critical this skill is. Others simply want to share their joy of reading. 


Whatever your reason, you can help improve people’s life chances by volunteering with us.

In prisons

We wouldn’t be able to carry out Shannon Trust activity in prisons without our amazing volunteers.

You can help train mentors, keep our Regional Managers up to date with activities, offer administrative support to the team, plus much more.  

If you have the time to volunteer, read more about the opportunities on offer:

Prison volunteer

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HMP Lewes
HMP Kirklevington Grange
HMP Swansea
HMP Wymott
HMP Eastwood Park
HMP Norwich
HMP Peterborough
HMP Hindley
HMP Winchester
HMP Warren Hill
HMP Hollesley Bay
HMP Altcourse
HMP Wandsworth
HMP Rye Hill
HMP Northumberland
HMP Isle of Wight
HMP Dartmoor
HMP Haverigg

Prison volunteers nurture the growth of the Shannon Trust in their prison. They help unlock the power of reading by offering advice, guidance and support to prison staff and mentors.

Area administrator

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South West - East
Surrey & Sussex
Kent
West Midlands North
North East
East Midlands South
East Midlands North
East of England

Area administrators are an invaluable part of our team. They provide administrative support to our area coordinators and teams, organising and minuting area meetings. They're also an important link in how we evidence the impact of Shannon Trust, prompting and following up data and monthly reports from our prison volunteers.

Area coordinator

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South West West
West Midlands South
North West North
Essex & Suffolk
Surrey & Sussex
South and East Yorkshire
North West South
Midlands (Derbyshire , Leicestershire and Staffordshire)
West Midlands North
North East

Area coordinators support and coordinate a team of prison volunteers. They help recruit and induct new volunteers and are the first point of contact for advice and support for them.

In the community

Shannon Trust is working with community partners to enhance our support to learners as they leave prison. This will enable them to continue learning on release and also to reach others in the community in touch with probation services or at risk of offending.

By becoming a reading coach, you will enable people to learn basic reading skills in a flexible way, so that day to day tasks like filling in forms or reading a bus timetable become easier.

Reading coach

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Swindon
Braintree

As a Shannon Trust reading coach you will work directly with people with low literacy, helping them to improve their reading through the delivery of Turning Pages sessions both on a face to face basis and through the use of technology.

Corporate volunteering

If you’re interested in volunteering for Shannon Trust through your place of work, get in touch and we can discuss opportunities.

Get in touch

FAQ

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I have skills that I think will be useful to Shannon Trust, but don’t think the current opportunities are right for me. Can I help in another way?
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I have convictions, can I volunteer with you?
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What commitment do you need from me?
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When and how often will I need to visit a prison?
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What support will be available to me?
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Do you provide transport to prisons and meetings?
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Will volunteering cost me anything?
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Will I need access to the internet if I volunteer with you?
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I'm interested in the prison volunteer role, can you tell me more about the administration and preparation involved?
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Will volunteering affect my state benefits?
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I have access requirements, am I able to volunteer with you?
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Do you have opportunities for people that don’t have loads of time to spare, but still want to help the cause?

If you have any further questions, get in touch at communications@shannontrust.org.uk

Apply

If you are interested in any of the roles above, or would like to find out more, please fill in the form below.

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Criminal Record Declaration
As a Shannon Trust volunteer, you may be visiting prisons and have contact with serving prisoners. The Prison Service requires information about visitors’ previous criminal convictions. Please therefore declare below ANY previous criminal convictions (excluding speeding endorsements and parking offences). Having a criminal conviction does not necessarily exclude you from volunteering with us.

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Equal Opportunities

Shannon Trust is an equal opportunities employer.  To help us make sure that it works effectively, we would appreciate your completion of this form. The information will be used solely for monitoring purposes and will be treated in strictest confidence. It will be separated from your application form on receipt.

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