Local children’s charity calls for volunteers

Local Children’s Charity Issues Urgent Call for Volunteers

Local children’s literacy charity Beanstalk has issued an urgent call for local residents in County Durham to become volunteer reading helpers and change a child’s life. Beanstalk recruits, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. Beanstalk’s vision is that all children and young people have the essential skills they need to grow up and lead successful lives.

Beanstalk has issued this call for volunteer reading helpers as far too many children in the area are leaving school unable to read to the required level. According to latest KS2 results, 31% of children in County Durham left primary school last year unable to read to the required level.

Beanstalk volunteer reading helpers help transform the lives of the children they help, giving them consistent support to improve their reading ability and confidence.

Janet Skeen, North East Area Manager for Beanstalk said: “You can make a lasting difference by becoming a Beanstalk reading helper. Our reading helpers transform the lives of the children they support, providing them with the skills and confidence to reach for the stars. Volunteering with Beanstalk is also a lot of fun and really rewarding – 86% of our volunteers say it makes them feel mentally and physical active!”

Jim Jelly, a Beanstalk reading helper in County Durham: “I liked the sound of Beanstalk’s work and applied straight away, and I’ve found a great little community at the school where I volunteer. Besides the excellent relationship I’ve built with everyone, it’s the kids that make it so worthwhile – they always seem delighted to come and read with me. I’m really impressed by their attitude; despite the social problems many of the children face, their hard work and enthusiasm really shines through.”

Beanstalk reading helpers work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them consistent support to improve reading levels, increase overall confidence and help them gain the vital literacy skills they need to succeed in life. Together they read, play educational games, and talk.

With Beanstalk’s support the child’s approach to learning and enjoying reading is often transformed.

In the last school year the charity helped over 1,000 children across the North East, in over 50 primary schools, with the help of over 300 reading helpers, ensuring children have the skills and confidence to reach their true potential.

If you would like to become a Beanstalk reading helper then please visit www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call 01325 315 040.