Volunteer reading helpers bring the magic of reading to Rye

Volunteer reading helpers bring the magic of reading to Rye

A group of trained volunteer reading helpers have started a new reading project in Rye which will help children at primary schools in the area who need extra one-to-one support with their reading.

Working with a number of primary schools in the area, national literacy charity Beanstalk has recruited, trained and placed volunteers in the schools to provide extra help to children that are struggling with their reading.



“Our vision at Beanstalk is that every child leaves school with the reading ability and confidence they need to succeed in life,” says Malou Bengtsson-Wheeler, Area Manager at Beanstalk. “Sadly, last year over 200,000 children left primary school unable to read to the expected level. We work with schools across the country to provide reading help to struggling or reluctant readers that would benefit from one-to-one help.”

“This National Volunteers Week we want to say thank you so much                                                                                to all our wonderful volunteers. In Kent and East Sussex alone we have over 350 trained reading helpers who are making a real difference to more than 1,000 primary school children in the area this academic year.”

Each volunteer reading helper spends 30 minutes 1-to-1 with 3 children twice a week reading fun books together, chatting and playing games. Very importantly, the time they spend with the children is very different from normal school and is relaxed, informal and fun.

To find out more about Beanstalk and what’s involved in being a trained reading helper, visit the website at www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call 01622 662026.