With the Teach a friend to read guide

end illiteracy in your prisons and community!

The Campaign Champions

Champions support and promote the mission of helping everyone who can

read to teach all those who struggle with reading.

Roy Crowne

HOPE Together Executive Director; previously the National Director of Youth for Christ in Britain.

Produced 'The Art of Connecting' a peer-to-peer evangelistic training course

HOPE Together is thrilled to be working with Teach a Friend to Read to support prisoners learning to read. We love the vision to put the Teach a Friend to Read guide into the hands of every inmate to ensure that no-one leaves prison unable to read. We are excited to be involved and hope to give a free copy of our book 40 Stories of Hope to everyone who completes the course.

Julia Killick CBE 

Last Governor of HMP Holloway; board member of the Prison Reform Trust,
Liberty Kitchen and Step Together Volunteering

I am a huge fan of the project, which offered us an excellent, and most importantly, a flexible resource to help Holloway women to read and write. We had a very transient and diverse population, comprising many nationalities and reading abilities. Teach a friend to read enabled our women readers to coach others - without the need for training.  Above all, it allowed the new reader to continue learning to read after release or after moving to another prison.

So the interactive guide was a God-send after Holloway closed. 

This is a most powerful tool that encourages desistance from offending, and is key to all Prison Governors' aims. 

Joe Baden OBE

Director and Founder Goldsmith's Open Book

Whatever help you need to get the Teach a friend to read guide into the hands of every prisoner and member of prison staff just call on us all at Open Book. We will help in any way we can. We must ensure no-one leaves prison unable to read, and that prisoners lead the way in showing the world that we can end illiteracy when we work together.

Caroline Dinenage MP

Minister of State for Digital and Culture.

The Teach A Friend to Read scheme facilitates peer-to-peer learning. The idea is that anyone who can read can use the tool to teach someone who cannot. The results are startling...Peer-to-peer learning is arguably the most effective way to boost skills among prisoners. It removes the barriers created by an uncomfortable classroom and teachers, whom the inmates often cannot relate to. (Reported in Hansard.)

Gillian Keegan MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

I would like to wish the Teach A Friend to Read scheme well and hope that it can continue to give prisoners the skills they need to become active participants in society on their release.

Erwin James

Chief Editor of Inside Time, Guardian journalist, trustee and patron of several prison and ex-offender charities, author of A Life Inside, The Home Stretch; Redeemable; former prisoner

The Teach a friend to read project is a superlative initiative which enables those in prison who struggle with literacy to take part fully in their own rehabilitation. In prison self-help and peer support is the best help of all.

Julie Carty

former Prison Skills For Life Co-ordinator:

Peer-to-peer learning is the best possible way for people in prison to learn to read. The Teach a friend to read project will create so many confident new readers; and being a confident reader is a vital step in leading a law-abiding life. The guide is an incredibly powerful tool in supporting learners and it is so easy for reading-coaches to use. It is ideally suited to the prison environment.

Peter James

International best selling crime writer and prison reform campaigner.

It's Dead Simple! Give everyone a copy of the Teach a friend to read guide, and let's get reading done in Twenty-Twenty-One.

Minette Walters

International best selling crime writer and prison reform campaigner

How marvellous to find a system that works for both coaches and learners. The key to unlocking literacy is to make it simple.

This guide changes the lives of both learners and coaches.

Frankie Owens

Award-winning author of the Little Book of Prisons and former prisoner

Whilst in prison I attempted to help prisoners through a reading scheme but it was too difficult to deliver. Teach a friend to read would have been perfect as the coach and learner are self-contained and independent. It can be delivered on the wing, and a new coach can seamlessly take over the teaching if necessary. I now teach a service user from Portsmouth probation with Teach a friend to read. It is an amazing experience giving the gift of reading and changing lives.

The Reverend Jonathan Aitken

Prison Chaplain, author,  campaigner for prison reform, CSJ Fellow , former Cabinet Minister, and prisoner.

We must pray for God’s help and guidance to bring our Teach a friend to read mission to fruition.

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