Volunteer Reading Helper

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We create readers because when a child becomes a reader, they get the very best chance in life, and every child deserves that.

At Coram Beanstalk we believe that life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves with confidence. That's why we recruit, train and support volunteers to work with primary aged children to help them find a love of reading.

As a reading helper you will support at least 3 children on a 1:1 basis. It’s a fun role that’s about much more than just listening to children read. You will support children to become readers. You will be trained in a proven approach and will lead sessions for each child that bring fun and enjoyment to the reading experience, ultimately wanting the child to choose to read!

Reading helpers read to the child, talk about the book and use fun book based activities to reinforce understanding, develop vocabulary and further cement enjoyment through a positive reading experience. We know this approach works and raises reading attainment, with 1:1 sessions bringing additional benefits of improving confidence, self-esteem and attitude.

For more information or to apply, visit the website at Coram Bea Stalk or call 0207 729 4087.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Deborah Hallatt
Contact Position
Admin Team Leader
0207 729 4087 0207 729 4087
Bean Stalk Charity
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Where to go

Coram Beanstalk
Coram Campus
41 Brunswick Square
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Associated Cost


Referral not required
Referral Details

Coram Beanstalk volunteers provide support to children twice per week, during school hours and term time for at least 1 year. To volunteer with Coram Beanstalk, you need to be able to commit to providing this support. Applicants are also required to:

  • Provide us with two suitable referees
  • Provide ID documents for us to carry out an enhanced DBS check
  • Attend all the training modules
Other notes

At Coram Beanstalk we believe that reading opens the door to a brighter future. That's why we recruit, train and support volunteers to provide one-to-one reading support to children who struggle with their reading ability and confidence.

Coram Beanstalk reading helpers work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them consistent support to improve their reading ability, increase their overall self-confidence and enjoyment of reading, and help give them the vital skills they need to succeed in school and life.

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