Urgent appeal for volunteer reading helpers to assist primary school pupils in Northampton

Beanstalk charity wants more people to volunteer to help children with their reading NNL-150501-165244001
Beanstalk charity wants more people to volunteer to help children with their reading NNL-150501-165244001

A reading charity has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to help improve the literacy of 60 children in Northampton.

Beanstalk, a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading, is appealing for new helpers to sign up before the end of the school year.

Each Beanstalk reading helper supports three children and sees each child for two 30 minute sessions a week, during term-time, for three terms.

Greg Yarnall, Beanstalk Manager for the East Midlands, said: “The end of the school year is nearly upon us but sadly 13 per cent of children in Northamptonshire will leave school struggling to keep up with their friends.

“This is a truly urgent time as it’s the last point in the school year that Beanstalk can provide the literacy intervention that so many young children need.”

To find out more about how to become a Beanstalk reading helper call the charity on 01604 720969 or alternatively visit our website www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk/reading-helpers