Coram Beanstalk is a national reading charity that is searching for members of the community across Kent and Medway who can spare a few hours a week supporting children aged 3-13 with their reading skills.
We have two programme suitable for volunteers:
Reading 321 – as a reading helper you will support three primary school children twice a week for 30 minutes sessions for at least one academic year. The children you will be working with need support in their reading skills to enable them to catch up with their peers.
Story Starters – Coram Beanstalk also has opportunities for volunteers to get involved as part of its Story Starters programme, helping children aged 3-5 become ready to read through developing language skills and introducing them to the magic of books. As a Story Starter volunteer you will be working one-to-one with children in two 20-minute sessions a week at a local early years setting.
All volunteers receive professional training and support to ensure that they are best able to support young children and feel comfortable in a setting such as a primary school or nursery. Volunteers are matched with schools that are local to them as much as possible.
The support our volunteers give can transform the lives of children who might continue to struggle without additional support with their reading, giving them the same chances to reach their full potential in life.