Reading charity needs helpers in Northamptonshire to support schoolchildren

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A charity that helps schoolchildren to read in Northamptonshire is calling for more volunteers.

Beanstalk is looking for more trained reading helpers to support the 11 percent of primary schoolchildren across the country who leave unable to read well.

A spokesperson said: “The inability to read well can have a negative long term impact on their future opportunities and success, as well as their happiness and confidence.

“Beanstalk is a local literacy charity who aim to rewrite this story and are working in many Northamptonshire primary schools, supporting those children who are in need of extra support.

“The charity recruit and train reading helpers who provide dedicated one-to-one support to children focusing on reading, games and conversation. This invaluable support allows each child to explore their interests in a neutral and relaxed environment,” he said.

Charity representative Rebecca Carter added: “Once a child has found something that engages them, it unlocks the joy of reading for pleasure and the rest begins to fall in to place which in turn has a positive impact in all areas of the curriculum.

“We hope that with the support of those in the local community who have a couple of afternoons or mornings spare per week, we will be able to support even more children over the next school year to help give the best start in life to as many children as possible,” she said.

If you would be interested in finding out more about becoming a trained reading helper with Beanstalk or to apply, visit www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call 01604 720969.