With the new academic year now well underway, national reading charity Beanstalk is appealing for new volunteers across Yorkshire to help reach more children than ever before with its potentially life-changing reading support programmes.

Beanstalk helps transform children’s life chances by recruiting and supporting volunteers and placing them in schools and pre-schools. These volunteers work with children to enable them to have the skills to become ready to read and prevent them from falling further behind in their language and communication skills.

In order to achieve this, Beanstalk needs members of the community who can volunteer a few hours a week to help local children become more confident readers through its range of programmes.

These programmes include Beanstalk’s 321 programme which sees trained reading helpers supporting three primary school children each for two 30 minute sessions a week, during term-time, for at least one academic year. Through this regular, consistent support the child’s approach to learning and enjoyment of reading is transformed.

Volunteers are also needed for its Story Starters early years programme. Story Starters volunteers work one-to-one with children in a nursery or pre-school setting for two 20-minute sessions a week. All volunteers receive professional training and support to ensure that they are best able to support young children.

If you would like to become a Beanstalk reading helper or a Story Starter volunteer in Yorkshire, please visit the website at www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call Beanstalk on 0845 450 0301.

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