Volunteering What to expect As a 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 our volunteer role description. How it works: Your placement will be in a school within 5 miles of your home or work. You'll support children between 5 and 11 years of age. You'll provide consistent support on a weekly basis for a whole school year. Because regular, consistent support has the greatest impact, most Beanstalk reading helpers support the same three children for a year. 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 succeed” this volunteer opportunity could be perfect for you! You will read, chat, play games and foster a love of reading in the children you support in this sometimes challenging but very rewarding role.From the professional training you'll receive to the regular school visits, Beanstalk is there for you every step of the way during your reading helper journey. My friends volunteer for other charities and none of them have had the same positive levels of support and training. Trudy Kosky, Beanstalk reading helper If you would like to become a Beanstalk trained reading helper, then why not see if we work in your local area!