HELP A CHILD WITH READING
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 beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call Beanstalk on 0845 450 0301.
Many children love reading, but some struggle