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Can you spare a few hours a week to help a child learn to read?

Bankside and You Opportunity
Become a Beanstalk reading helper and make it happen
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Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children aged 6-11 who have fallen behind with their reading. Their vision is of a nation of confident children who can read and grow up to lead successful lives.

Beanstalk has a branch in Bankside and is currently looking for volunteers to work with young readers in Southwark schools.

As a Beanstalk reading helper you would work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them your full attention and support to improve reading levels, increase overall confidence and inspire a lifelong love of reading.

As a volunteer you will work with three children and see each child for two 30-minute sessions a week, during term-time, for a whole year. Together, you will read, play and talk. With your support the child's approach to learning and enjoying reading will be transformed.

Beanstalk works in areas of economic deprivation across England through 17 branches in the North, Midlands, Greater London and Kent. They have over 80 staff and more than 2,100 volunteers, who support over 6,000 children a year, but there is still much more to be done. Their aim is to reach out to 10,000 children by 2016 but to do this they urgently need more volunteers.

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.

If you would like to find out more about or apply online, please visit the Beanstalk website or telephone 020 3176 4380

Beanstalk is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

May 23 2013