A national reading charity is urgently calling on volunteers to help bring the magic of books to primary school children in Hornchurch and the surrounding area.

Once trained and placed in a school by Coram Beanstalk, reading helpers (volunteers) will support children aged 5-13 through weekly sessions and over one academic year to read well – not just through recognising the words but through the enjoyment of sharing books together, chatting about them and developing deeper understanding of the story. 

Ginny Lunn of Coram Beanstalk says: “Coram Beanstalk volunteers help encourage, motivate and support children in a way that helps them feel positive about their reading and sets them up for success. Our reading helpers work with children who, for a variety of reasons, don’t feel confident around books and would benefit from weekly sessions outside of the classroom with someone who can help ‘open the door’ to reading. Our vision is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to become confident and able readers and we know that the first step to achieving this is through encouraging a love of books at an early age. If you feel you could help inspire children to discover a lifelong love of books in the local community, please apply at www.corambeanstalk.org.uk or call 020 7729 4087.” 

Previous experience is not required as full training is provided by the charity. Coram Beanstalk just needs volunteers to have a passion for passing on a love of reading to children.  

Angela Jones is a Coram Beanstalk reading helper: “The enjoyment and satisfaction I get from giving my time and making a difference to these children is immense. I would highly recommend it to anyone considering doing this. I have enjoyed every minute. I feel I have made a difference in a little one’s life. I am looking forward to being back this term and meeting the new children.” 

Coram Beanstalk works with schools across Greater London to deliver a range of evidence-based programmes that have been developed to ensure children who most need help get that encouragement and support in the best way possible. For more information about the programmes available to schools, or to apply as a volunteer in a school or early years setting, please visit the website at www.corambeanstalk.org.uk or call Coram Beanstalk on 020 7729 4087