Important message about COVID-19: Thank you for visiting this page to find out more about becoming a reading helper with Coram Beanstalk. Our volunteers are currently unable to carry out their reading sessions as usual due to restricted access to schools and social distancing measures. We are still processing volunteer applications and encourage anyone interested in becoming a reading helper to apply as normal by completing the form below. We will move your application forward so that when schools are in a position to welcome back our reading helpers we can progress you as quickly as possible. We’re also developing our platforms so that we can provide virtual training to our volunteers along with vital reading support to children online. Please apply as normal and we’ll provide information about these options as they develop.

As a Coram Beanstalk reading helper you'll be placed in a local primary school or nursery setting to help three children, aged between 3-11, twice a week, for at least one academic year (three terms, starting at any time of the year). With your support, you'll help them improve their reading ability, confidence and learn to love reading.

It's a rewarding experience:

  • Our most popular and longest-running volunteering opportunity, with thousands of people taking part each year
  • 88% of people say it makes them feel more mentally active
  • You'll take on a new challenge and develop new skills 
  • You'll change a child's life, giving them the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life
  • Most of all, you'll have fun!

You'll make a lasting difference:

  • You'll read, play and talk to open up a child’s imagination and help them discover the magic of reading
  • You'll help three children aged 3-11 succeed at school
  • You'll become part of your local community and give something back

What's involved: 

  • You'll engage with primary school age children in a fun and positive way 
  • You'll adapt each session to the child, seeing for yourself how they progress
  • You'll volunteer for 90 minutes, twice a week, in a school near you for 30 weeks - during school hours on separate days so you'll need to be able to spare a couple of mornings or afternoons a week for that length of time. It's the consistency and regularity of our support that makes all the difference!
  • In some areas we may be able to offer a once a week volunteering opportunity, where you ‘buddy up’ with another volunteer who goes in on another day. If this might be of interest, mention it in the section about your availability in the form below.

Apply to become a Reading 321 reading helper:

To apply, simply complete the following form, or if you're not quite ready to sign up, find out more about volunteering with Coram Beanstalk