29th March 2018

It’s been a year since Beanstalk's CEO, Ginny Lunn, was handed a cheque for £1million at the People's Postcode Lottery's annual Charity Gala in 2017. This was the start of Story Starters, a collaborative project between Beanstalk, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and LuCiD (The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development). Story Starters places volunteers in educational settings to work with children aged 3-5 to help them learn vital skills that will enable them to start primary school ready to read. 

To celebrate the first year of Story Starters, there is a short video which studies the successes of this project. Ginny Lunn talks about the success of the project '...since we won the Dream Fund, it's been an amazing year...we had a massive response from nurseries'. 

Find out more about becoming a Story Starter volunteer:

You can find out more about becoming a Story Starter by visiting www.storystarters.org.uk, or calling Beanstalk on 0845 450 0301. Alternatively email [email protected]

About the Story Starters partners

  • Beanstalk (www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk) is a national children’s literacy charity that will recruit, train, and support Story Starter volunteers.
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (http://uk.imaginationlibrary.com) will provide every Story Starter child with high-quality, professionally-selected, age-appropriate books. These books will be sent directly to both the early years setting and the home of each Story Starter child, ensuring that they can enjoy the magic of stories at home as well as when they are with their Story Starter.
  • LuCiD (www.lucid.ac.uk) is a project based at the University of Liverpool to help transform our understanding of how children learn through language and communication. They will be carrying out the Randomised Control Trial (RCT) on the intervention and will be reporting findings at the end of the two year period of project delivery.