Beanstalk

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Beanstalk is a national charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.

Reading Helper Volunteer

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

Volunteering as a Beanstalk reading helper is very rewarding! You'll see the children's reading gradually improve over time and you'll help them learn to love books and develop the vital skills they need to read, grow and succeed. To become a reading helper you must: 1. Be able to spare three hours per week, plus your travel time You must be able to visit a local school twice a week for 90 minutes per visit during term time. This usually means spending two mornings or two afternoons in a local school each week. 2. Commit for at least a year You will work with the same three children for a year, building up a rapport with them by creating a safe and fun learning environment. Our experience has shown us that it takes a year for the children to really benefit from your support. Of course, you can always stay for longer than a year if you want to help even more children have the best chance in life. 3. Be fluent in English and a competent reader An obvious but essential part of being a reading helper! 4. Believe in the importance of literacy We provide you with full training to prepare you for your role as a Beanstalk reading helper before we place you at a school, so we don't ask for any formal qualifications. However, we do look for people who have a passion for reading themselves so they can share this enthusiasm with the children. What type of people become Beanstalk reading helpers? Our reading helpers come from all walks of life. They volunteer for many different reasons but they’re united by two things: •a love of reading •a commitment to helping children to read, grow and succeed At Beanstalk we believe that every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential. Literacy is a fundamental part of that process. As mentioned above, we don't look for specific qualifications in our volunteers, but we do value the following qualities. Our reading helpers are: •patient and encouraging •good listeners •able to work one-to-one with children at the child's pace •good communicators •flexible and approachable •passionate about literacy

Hours per week

3 hours per week for a year

Training information

Full training provided

DBS required?

Yes

Benefits to self

Volunteering as a Beanstalk reading helper is very rewarding! You'll see the children's reading gradually improve over time and you'll help them learn to love books and develop the vital skills they need to read, grow and succeed.
  • Opportunity LengthOngoing
  • Volunteering WithChildren and Young People

Employability skills

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