Charity asks Northants people to help children read

Beanstalk charity wants more people to volunteer to help children with their reading
Beanstalk charity wants more people to volunteer to help children with their reading

A charity which helps children learn to read is asking people to make one of their New Year’s Resolutions to help youngsters in need.

Beanstalk, which recruits, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind in their reading, has issued an urgent call for more volunteers.

The charity aims to help an extra 150 children in Northamptonshire in 2015 by recruiting 50 Beanstalk reading helpers.

Each Beanstalk reading helper works with three children and sees each child for two 30-minute sessions a week, during term-time, for three terms. With their support, the child’s approach to learning and enjoying reading is transformed.

This will add to its existing 150 reading helpers already supporting children with their reading across the county.

East Midlands area manager for Greg Yarnall, said: “This is an excellent time for people to start a new, exciting challenge by becoming a Beanstalk reading helper.

“Our volunteering programme allows you to have a direct impact on changing the life of a child.

“With over 1,000 children still leaving primary school unable to read well, you can help give them the skills they need to succeed in life. We’d encourage everyone to contact us directly if they would like to give a child the gift of reading.”

Mr Yarnall added: “Volunteering as a Beanstalk reading helper is extremely rewarding, makes a lasting difference to children’s lives and is a great way to give something back to your local community.”

To find out more, or to become a Beanstalk reading helper, call Beanstalk on 01604 720969, email Northamptonshire@beanstalkcharity.org.uk or visit www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk/reading-helpers.