We help children become readers. Readers achieve their potential: everyone deserves this.

Sadly, the number of children leaving primary school unable to read at the 'expected level' continues to be shockingly high.

We encourage anyone who understands the importance of reading to children's future success, who is able to give an hour or more each week for 10 weeks or longer, to consider becoming a reading helper or story starter.

In assembly one of my boys was presented with a gold star for reading. I cried, it was so unexpected. Valerie, Coram Beanstalk reading helper

The children we support come, as you'd expect from a wide range of backgrounds... and so do our volunteers!

We have volunteers who are students looking for a productive use of a gap year, or to gain practical experience to enhance their studies.

We have volunteers who are working in roles, and for employers, that give them the flexibility and encouragement to support their local community.

We have volunteers who are individuals who, for a variety of reasons, are freed from the constraints of the nine to five!

We have volunteers who already have experience of supporting children - whether in a personal or professional context - and we have volunteers who want to gain that experience.

By volunteering as a Coram Beanstalk reading helper or story starter you will:

  • Make a life-changing difference to children in need
  • Connect with other like-minded people
  • Use your skills in new and creative ways
  • Extend your experience of supporting children
  • Be part of a school community
  • Play a part in raising reading attainment

Apply to volunteer now

How we train and support you throughout your journey

The children see their reading helpers as part of the school community and they're invited to attend assemblies to celebrate and share the achievements of the children. Janine Dodds, Deputy Head Teacher at The Oaks Primary School 

Apply to volunteer now!