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Shannon Trust

Shannon Trust is a national charity supporting people in the criminal justice system to transform their lives through learning to read. 50% of people that end up in prison either can't read or struggle to: Their life chances are limited from the word go. Shannon Trust inspires and trains prisoners who can read to teach prisoners who can’t. We also work in a number of community settings, supporting the 16% of adults in the community who struggle to read using our Turning Pages reading manuals.

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Registered charity no. 1117249

Member since September 2021

About us

Shannon Trust transforms lives by supporting disadvantaged people to learn to read.

We are a registered charity, and work across all prisons in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to train and inspire prisoners who can read to teach those that can’t.

Each year, we help thousands of people in prison to learn to read, so that they can build a different, more positive future for themselves and their families. We also work in partnership with organisations in the community to offer reading support to those who are caught in the criminal justice system. ‍ We provide everything needed for someone to learn to read, including our reading resource, Turning Pages. Sessions are one-to-one, take place outside formal education, and learners work at their own pace.
‍ Our reading programme enables more people in prison to gain a fundamental skill that they need to navigate daily life. It provides prisoners with access to education, training and rehabilitative courses that will help them to address their offending, gain new skills and to move into employment. ‍ For thousands of people in prisons, and in the community, learning to read can completely transform their life.