Toe By Toe in Prisons and The Shannon Trust
For 14 years Toe By Toe in Prisons helped thousands of UK and Irish prisoners to overcome their reading problems.
The Shannon Trust and Toe By Toe collaborated to introduce an innovative Reading Program into UK and Irish prisons. This included implementing Toe By Toe's innovative 'Buddy System'. This employs more able prisoners as mentors who help less able prisoners to read.
(For more on Toe By Toe's Buddy System, click this link Toe By Toe Buddy System).
Stephen Shaw, the UK Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, considered:
"What has been the single best thing introduced in the last ten years? My money would be on the Toe By Toe reading scheme sponsored by the Shannon Trust. The simple but brilliant idea behind Toe By Toe is to recruit prisoners who are literate to help those who are not. By my estimate, several thousand prisoners have now learnt how to read as a result." (October 2007)
Pat's Bible - Toe By Toe
In this short video, a prisoner - Pat - describes how his life is transformed after learning to read studying Toe By Toe in prison.