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Read & Grow Joins Forces With The People's Book Prize

The charity Read & Grow has joined forces with The People’s Book Prize to donate the unique 121 reading tool Yes We Can Read, to a number of prison libraries.

The ease of delivery of Yes We Can Read and its ‘each one teach one’ philosophy enables anyone who can read fluently to teach a non or poor reader within 6 months or less. No training is required.

Using the ethos ‘for the prisoner by the prisoner’ it is hoped that inmates will pick up Yes We Can Read in the prison libraries and teach fellow inmates to read. At present over half the prison population has poor or no reading skills. Prisons benefiting from this pilot scheme include HMP Holloway, Ford, Aberdeen, Maghaberry, Brixton, Parkhurst, Kingston, Dorchester and Aylesbury and Stal.

Read & Grow runs and funds a number of teaching reading projects at a local level in Gosport and Fareham, in schools, libraries, homeless hostels and pre-school groups, helping to break the cycle of illiteracy. Patron Rt Hon Caroline Dinenage  MP is now working tirelessly on Read & Grow’s behalf to promote Yes We Can Read in the House and to get the 121 teaching reading scheme into every prison. The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP, Minister for Prisons, and the National Offender Management Service back the project wholeheartedly.