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Unlocking the power of reading

Shannon Trust is a national charity supporting thousands of prisoners a year to transform their lives by unlocking the power of reading. We inspire and train prisoners who can read to teach prisoners who can’t.

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Shannon Trust reading programme

For most of us, reading is a skill we take for granted. For thousands of people in prison, reading a letter from home, a job application or a newspaper is impossible. The Shannon Trust reading programme changes this, giving adults in prison the chance to learn to read 1-to-1 with a peer mentor.

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Making a difference

Learning to read isn't just a brilliant thing, it changes lives. It builds confidence, helps keep people connected and makes the world an easier place to live. It makes the impossible, possible. Listen and read about how the Reading Plan is helping people in prison.

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More Than Words

Learning to read is about so much more than words. See how Global Street Art Agency and 3 of the world's best typographic artists chose to celebrate Shannon Trust.