When we receive your completed volunteer application, we will call you to discuss the role (Reading 321 if you want to volunteer in a primary school; Story Starters if you want to volunteer in an early years setting) and check that we are both happy to proceed. If we are, we will seek a suitable vacancy within one of our partner settings and invite you to attend our initial training and selection day.

We train in centrally accessible locations across England, choosing suitable venues within a 60-minute journey for applicants within a wide catchment area. Our work is expanding across the UK, so, if we’re not yet training in reach of you, don’t let that put you off applying, we will add locations as we grow.

Our initial training is fun, interactive and enjoyable. At the end of the day you’ll have a much greater knowledge of your chosen role and will have had a go at demonstrating the key skills required. This is an immersive experience that allows you, and us, to be confident that you will thrive as a volunteer with Coram Beanstalk.

“I thought the whole training day was excellent. Nicely paced delivery, good use of group participation. Very relevant and thoroughly enjoyable as well!” - Coram Beanstalk Volunteer, Northampton

Apply to volunteer in a primary school now

Apply to volunteer in an early years setting now