Prison Reading Groups (PRG) promotes the spread of reading groups in prisons and provides support and funding for those who run them. The project began in 1999 and now works with over forty groups in more than thirty-five prisons nationwide.

The groups are informal and encourage reading for pleasure. Members choose what they read and the books are theirs to keep or pass on to others.

Wherever possible, PRG recruits and trains volunteers to facilitate the meetings, usually alongside the prison librarian.

PRG also supports Family Days and provides books and book bags for children visiting a parent in prison. Our Family Days volunteers offer expert advice on children’s books and book corner activities as well as help on the day.

PRG works with partner organisations to deliver book projects in prisons and to encourage the pleasures and benefits of reading.

‘I have learned from my experiences in prison but gained a new life in books, all thanks to our book club’