Story Starters is an early years reading programme which was made possible by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery in 2017, with funding until March 2019. During that time it has exceeded expectations making a life-changing difference to the lives of over 2,000 nursery children through the support of more than 600 volunteers, helping them begin primary school ready to read. Due to the success of the programme, Story Starters continues to be delivered to settings across England by national reading charity Coram Beanstalk.

Launching initially in the North West of England, the programme is now available nationwide. Register your interest as a Story Starter volunteer or a nursery.

Trained Story Starter volunteers will provide caring and fun one-to-one support to a child in a local nursery, aiding their language development and introducing them to the magic of stories.  

Story Starters was made possible by players of People's Postcode lottery. People's Postcode Lottery Dream Fund chose Story Starters to receive £1 million in funding in January 2017.