Reading is essential in today’s world. Unfortunately many children struggle to learn to read for all sorts of reasons – one in eight children in England left primary school last year behind in their reading and one in six adults in the UK has a reading level below that expected of an eleven-year-old.
Beanstalk is a national charity that gives one-to-one literacy support to children in primary schools. Volunteers from the local community are trained and supported to work with children who have fallen behind with their reading. There is no upper age limit to becoming a volunteer with Beanstalk and the twice weekly contact in school has many benefits for the volunteer as well as for the child.
By becoming a reading helper, you’ll give a child the one-to-one attention they need to build their confidence and help them catch up with their reading. You’ll give them a chance to learn at their own pace and adapt the sessions to suit them.
Volunteers work with three children and see each child for two 30 minute sessions a week, during term-time, for a whole year. Together, they read, play and talk. With their support the child’s approach to learning and enjoyment of reading is transformed.
Volunteering as a Beanstalk reading helper is extremely rewarding, makes a lasting difference to children’s lives and is a great way to give something back to your local community. Further information can be found on our website at www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or by calling 020 7749 4087.