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 or more children aged between 3-11. 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 at least 2 hours each week at a regular time (agreed with the school) during school hours on regular days for a minimum of three months. It's the consistency and regularity of our support that makes all the difference!

Apply to become a  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