Volunteering Why volunteer? 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 99% of children have an increase in confidence 98% of children have an increased enjoyment of reading Apply to volunteer in a primary school now Apply to volunteer in an early years setting now It can also help you start a new chapter! You won't only change a child's life, you'll change your own: 95% of our reading helpers would recommend it to a friend 94% feel proud to be a reading helper 93% feel their volunteering makes them feel valued 88% of our volunteers feel it makes them mentally active 71% feel more part of the community 61% feel more motivated You'll have great fun, meet new friends at our termly reading helper meet ups and book-swaps. Apply to volunteer in a primary school today Apply to volunteer in an early years setting today And you can trust us to be there for you: We provide full training prior to starting You will have a dedicated Coram Beanstalk Support Representative to support you We organise reading helper events so you can make friends and share experiences We offer further training and development in topics like playing games 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 Apply to volunteer in a primary school now! Apply to volunteer in an early years setting now!