Shannon Trust fulfils an unmet need around adult learning, supporting people who have fallen through the cracks in formal education.
We know a lot of people have had negative learning experiences in the past, so our programme is designed to be different, with no exams and no classrooms. Our unique, evidence based Turning Pages reading manuals are used by thousands of learners in prisons and the community.
Established for over 20 years, we support people who can read to teach those who can’t, in prisons and communities.
Learning to read has a huge impact – not just on the person learning to read, but on everyone around them; whether that's their mentor, their family and friends, prison or service staff, or the wider community.
Find out how Shannon Trust transforms lives by supporting disadvantaged people to learn to read, and the difference it makes.
The first book was basic and good, Shannon Trust gives good foundations in reading and English. I’ve spent years in education but this has been far more beneficial in a short period of time.
I am now more involved with my children, making me a better parent. My relationships with friends and family are now more intimate. I can express myself honestly as I don’t have to rely on others.
I used to dread working but now I enjoy it. Before, I struggled to hold down a full-time paid job for many years. When I leave here, I won’t need to go onto benefits, I feel I’ll hold down a job.
It has made a big impact on my life because being able to read has made things more possible for me. I can now apply for jobs, college and my driving test.
If my grandmother was still alive she would be so proud that I’ve done this. I know she would say ‘I told you, you’re never too old to learn’ and learning to read at 33 years of age proves just that.
We believe everyone deserves another chance and has the potential to create a positive future in which they can thrive.Read more about Shannon Trust