As a Coram Beanstalk reading helper, you will work with children on a one to one basis, giving them consistent support to practise reading skills and discover the magic of reading. You can find out more in the role description here. 

How it works: 

  • Your placement will be in a school or nursery within 5 miles of your home or work.
  • You'll support children between 3 and 13 years of age, depending on your volunteering role.  
  • You'll provide consistent support in reading, talking and listening. 

We need you to:

  • Engage with children on a one-to-one basis
  • Listen and communicate in a patient and positive manner
  • Adapt to the abilities and interests of each individual child
  • Recognise and praise children's achievements
  • Be flexible and independent in a busy and modern school environment

As a reading helper you will play a vital role in nurturing children to be the best they can be. Confidence and self-esteem will be developed through fun, literacy-based activities, raising both reading attainment and future aspirations. 

If you would like to give children, who otherwise may not get enough regular encouragement and support, a better chance to “read, grow and thrive” this volunteer opportunity could be perfect for you! You will read together using a range of books specially chosen to engage children, talk and listen and foster a love of reading in the children you support in this sometimes challenging but very rewarding role.

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How we support you:

Coram Beanstalk is there for you every step of the way during your reading helper journey, with professional training, telephone, email and online support, online coffee mornings and regional conferences. You can watch some of the highlights of our conferences below.

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My friends volunteer for other charities and none of them have had the same positive levels of support and training. Trudy Kosky, Coram Beanstalk reading helper 

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