12th Nov, 2019

Volunteers are needed to help children learn how to read

Harry Leach 8th Jul, 2018

VOLUNTEERS in Redditch are needed to help children learn how to read says national literacy charity, ‘Beanstalk’.

Local people – specifically in the Matchborough area – are being asked to get in touch with Beanstalk if they are interested.

The idea is for local volunteers to help improve literacy in Redditch by becoming ‘reading helpers’ in local primary schools and early years settings.

The project, called the ‘321 reading programme,’ is set to launch in Redditch schools soon.

It aims to help children aged three to five become ready to read.

The ‘321’ progamme has already proven to be successful in a number of schools across the West Midlands.

It has been making a positive impact on children’s reading confidence and ability.

Volunteers will each support three primary school children, two times a week, for 30 minutes.

This will go on for one academic year.

One-to-one sessions are organised to help tailor each session to the child’s specific needs.

Gail Washington, Area Manager for Beanstalk, said: “The reading programme we deliver at Beanstalk are so important because there is an opportunity here to make a massive difference.

“Redditch is a new area for us and we are currently booking places on to the first training day.

“If you are interested in becoming a reader, please get in touch.

“Ideally we would like volunteers who can help at schools in the Matchborough area.

“It’s such a fantastic opportunity to make a meaningful difference to the lives of children in the local community.”

Visit www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call Beanstalk on 0845 450 030 for more information.

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