January 2021

As the core of Coram Beanstalk’s work is enabling support directly to children in schools, and with schools currently closed to the majority of pupils, most of our team have now been placed on the Government’s job retention scheme. This is a temporary measure to conserve funds and ensure we are in the best possible position to spring into action again when the schools fully reopen. We can expect that when we receive the call for support from the schools, it will be bigger and more needed than ever before.

In the meantime, it is unlikely we will be able to respond to most enquiries. However if you would like to contact us please use the email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as we are able. If there are any urgent enquiries or safeguarding concerns please contact us on our usual central number 020 7729 4087 and we will respond.

Our bank of resources for everyone supporting children to become readers - despite the challenges of lockdown – will keep growing… so do keep an eye on our website and social media.

The Coram Beanstalk team

New volunteers

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus and the national lockdown, we have temporarily suspended our online reading helper training, however we still invite you to register your interest in volunteering with us here and we will be in touch as soon as we are able.

We know we are needed more than ever as a result of the continuing impact of the pandemic on the lives, learning and, specifically, reading of many children.

We need new volunteers across the country – and are specifically looking for people who want to help schools give children a shorter-term ‘boost’ with their reading post-lockdown as well as continuing to seek those who are able to help children who need consistent support over a longer period.

Our initial journey for new volunteers – from application to being introduced to your school or nursery – is now online: Find out more in Your journey with us.

Current volunteers

At the current time we are advising all our volunteers to stay home, minimise contact with others and are not expecting them to be maintaining their sessions in schools.