Do you want to join an organisation committed to addressing low literacy and numeracy? 

Volunteers are essential to Shannon Trust and bring their energy, ideas and skills to train mentors in prisons, support learners in the community and enhance our business support team. 

We are looking for a volunteer to provide training and support to our mentors in prisons in the West Midlands prisons. There may be some additional preparation and/ or administrative tasks in between volunteering days at the prisons.

Our prison volunteers nurture the growth of the Shannon Trust in their prison. They help unlock the power of reading by delivering training sessions for prison mentors and offering ongoing advice, guidance and support through mentor meetings.

Volunteer recruitment dates:

The closing date for applications to attend our next round of training is 23rd August 2024.

We will respond to all applications. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview between 26th August and 9th September. This is an opportunity for you to meet our regional team, to find out more about you and for us to share more information about the volunteering role.


You'll be given high quality training to prepare you for volunteering with Shannon Trust. This takes place over 4 training sessions and via our online training portal. We ask that volunteers aim to complete the training in one course as this means that you will be ready to start actively volunteering.

The next training sessions for volunteering for people applying to be a prison based volunteer will take place as follows. Please check that you can attend all of the training the dates prior to applying:

2nd October, 10am – 1pm (via Zoom)

9th October, 10am – 1pm (via Zoom)

16th October, 10am – 1pm (via Zoom)

6th November, 10am-4pm (in person session, London)

You’ll also receive the opportunity to attend ongoing training sessions and peer support meetings during your time as a volunteer to build your skills and experience.

Volunteer benefits include: induction training and ongoing training, support and development in the role, flexible working, recognition for your contribution and reimbursement of expenses where applicable.

The biggest benefit though is our culture – our people really want to be a part of the organisation.

We welcome volunteer applications from people with lived experience of the criminal justice system and do not routinely ask for details of any criminal convictions.

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For more information contact: [email protected]