Prisoners teaching prisoners to read makes sense. But it's made possible by Shannon Trust volunteers who work with prisoners and prison staff to advise, support and grow Shannon Trust in each prison.

Making a difference

Each year Shannon Trust volunteers help unlock the power of reading for thousands of people in prison. They see lives changed by the our reading programme, they help make the impossible, possible.

Our volunteers

Our volunteers come from all walks of life. Many have personal experience of struggling to learn to read themselves or through a family member. Others just want to share their joy of reading or believe that learning to read can open the door to a whole new world of choice and opportunity. Whatever your reason, if you'd like to make a difference to the lives of people in prison by volunteering with us, please take a look at our opportunities.

Covid-19 and volunteer recruitment

Thank you for considering volunteering with us during such uncertain times, we really appreciate it. Although we’re following government guidelines and have suspended prison visits we’re continuing to recruit volunteers. We’ll be replacing face-to-face meetings with video / telephone calls and as soon as we’re able to we’ll confirm training dates. In the meantime, if you’d like to join the team, please let us know by completing our online application form. Your skills and time will be vital to help unlock the power of reading when prison visits restart.

Once again, thank you for considering volunteering with us and for your patience.

Prison volunteer

Supporting Shannon Trust in a prison

Area secretary

Provide area team administrative support.

Area coordinator

Support an area volunteer team.

Is volunteering for me?

And if it is, what happens next?

Frequently asked questions

Commonly asked questions, and answers, about volunteering with us.