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Shannon Trust

Shannon Trust is a national charity supporting thousands of prisoners a year to transform their lives by unlocking the power of reading. 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.



Registered charity no. 1117249

Member since September 2021

About us

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

For thousands of people in prisons, and in the community, learning to read will completely transform their life. It enables them to navigate daily life more easily, and helps them maintain relationships with family and friends.

Shannon Trust supports prisoners to transform their lives by learning to read. We train and inspire prisoners who can read to teach those that can’t. Each year we help around 4000 prisoners unlock the power of reading, so that they can build a different, positive future for themselves and their families. We provide everything needed for someone to learn to read, including our reading resource, Turning Pages . Sessions are 1 to 1, take place outside formal education, and Learners work at their own pace.

Our reading programme enables more people in prison, to gain a fundamental life-skill that they need to navigate daily life. It provides many more marginalised prisoners to access education, training and rehabilitative courses that will help them to address their offending behaviour, gain new skills and to move into employment.

By supporting Shannon Trust, you will transform someone’s life by giving them the chance to learn to read.

  • £8 could provide a learner with their first reading materials
  • £32 could provide Turning Pages reading guides and build confidence
  • £50 could provide training and resources for prison mentors
  • £180 could cover the costs of training a volunteer for a whole year