Sadly it’s not unusual to find that some children don’t know how to open a book and hold it the correct way up...

Pauline explains what her role as a Story Starter volunteer involves and why she loves it so much! Read more

"I give credit for my ability and delight in reading at a young age to someone who was barely literate herself"

Professional writer and Coram Beanstalk volunteer Linda explains how her love of reading was nurtured by the family housekeeper. Read more

Michael's story: "It’s never too late to try something new"

The second story in our Volunteers' Week series is by Michael, from Maidstone, Kent... Read more

Volunteers' Week stories: "I know the struggles of trying to read in a second language"

Emma shares her story as part of Volunteers Week 2019 Read more

Coram Beanstalk OU/UKLA reading groups enable volunteers to explore children's books

A new initiative enabling current volunteers to study a variety of children's books is such a success that it is being rolled out across the country. Read more

Why ‘H is for Harry’ will be shedding the light on illiteracy this World Book Day

Producer, Jon McGoh, talks to Coram Beanstalk about his new film, ‘H is for Harry’ and the importance of highlighting the struggles many children face with illiteracy whilst discussing the challenging question of ‘What does it take to change a child’s life?’ Read more

International Volunteer Day - Helping to build stronger communities

Beanstalk's CEO reflects on the importance of volunteers in helping shape stronger and more resilient communities... Read more

The power of parental involvement

Parentkind talks to Beanstalk about the role of parents and how their input can hugely benefit schools. Read more

"Primary teaching is rewarding, challenging, exciting and often difficult"

Deputy Headteacher Kevin Taggart talks about being a male primary school teacher and how inspiring young learners is key for him... Read more

"It was a baptism of fire! I had to learn very quickly how to encourage a nine year old to see the fun and value in reading"

Martin writes about the 'remarkable surprises' he has found along the way as a Beanstalk reading helper... Read more