Life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves confidently. If you're looking for a really rewarding volunteering experience, then becoming a Coram Beanstalk reading helper is perfect for you.

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

Make a lasting difference to a child

By volunteering as a Coram Beanstalk reading helper you'll pass on your skills and experience, and make a lasting difference in your local community.

  • 97% of children we support have an improved attitude to reading
  • 98% of children have an increase in confidence
  • 97% of children have an increased enjoyment of reading

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It can also help you start a new chapter!

You won't only change a child's life, you'll change your own: 

  • 82% of our reading helpers would recommend it to a friend 
  • 84% feel proud to be a reading helper
  • 96% felt valued by their school
  • 86% of our volunteers feel it makes them mentally active
  • 64% feel more part of the community  

We'll also connect you with our fun and enthusiastic reading community!

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And you can trust us to be there for you:

  • We provide full online training prior to starting
  • We organise reading helper events so you can make friends and share experiences
  • We offer further development opportunities in topics like having fun with books
  • You'll get access to a wide range of useful resources to help you in your sessions through our volunteer portal 'MyCoramBeanstalk'

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 

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