EDP Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

Do you like read­ing to your chil­dren or grand­chil­dren? Then you could be just the per­son to help out a read­ing char­ity. Beanstalk is look­ing for vol­un­teers across the area to help chil­dren with its po­ten­tially life-chang­ing read­ing sup­port pro­grammes.

This school year the char­ity is aim­ing to sup­port more than 800 chil­dren aged 3-13 across the re­gion who are at risk of fall­ing be­hind. Beanstalk works to close the gap be­tween strug­gling read­ers and their peers by pro­vid­ing trained vol­un­teers who sup­port and en­cour­age chil­dren on a one-to-one ba­sis in lo­cal early years and pri­mary school set­tings.

The in­creas­ing num­ber of schools re­quest­ing Beanstalk vol­un­teers, and the ad­di­tion of a new early years pro­gramme aimed at tack­ling the word gap among chil­dren aged 3-5, means more vol­un­teers are ur­gently needed.

“The start of the new aca­demic year is al­ways a crit­i­cal time for us to en­sure that we have enough trained vol­un­teers ready to de­liver our key pro­grammes across the re­gion,” ex­plains Jo Burns, area man­ager at Beanstalk. Th­ese pro­grammes in­clude Beanstalk’s 321 pro­gramme which sees trained read­ing helpers sup­port­ing three pri­mary school chil­dren each for two 30 minute ses­sions a week, dur­ing term-time, for at least one aca­demic year. Through this reg­u­lar, con­sis­tent sup­port the child’s ap­proach to learn­ing and en­joy­ment of read­ing is trans­formed.

Story Starters is an early years pro­gramme through which vol­un­teers work one-to-one with chil­dren, aged three to five, in two 20-minute ses­sions a week. Beanstalk pro­vides full train­ing and on­go­ing sup­port to all vol­un­teers. For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply, please visit the web­site at beanstalkc­har­ or call Beanstalk on 0845 450 0301.

Many chil­dren love read­ing, but some strug­gle

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