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Do you have a passion for reading? Are you looking for a really rewarding volunteering experience that will change a child’s life?

Life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves confidently. Sadly, that isn’t always the case for children. Beanstalk is actively addressing this.

One of our trained volunteers told us they felt they made a real difference to children’s lives and it was one of the best things they had ever done.

Beanstalk is a children’s literacy charity that aims to rewrite this sad story with the help of local volunteers. Beanstalk recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to work with children who are struggling with their reading, ensuring that they have the skills and confidence to reach their true potential and lead successful lives.

Beanstalk’s trained reading helpers work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them consistent support to improve their reading levels, increase overall confidence and enjoyment of reading. Together, they read, play and talk and with Beanstalk’s support the child’s approach to learning and enjoying reading is transformed.

Beanstalk is looking for volunteers to become reading helpers in a variety of schools across Shropshire. If you or anyone that you know loves to read and are looking for a worthwhile volunteering opportunity please get in touch.


You must be fluent in English and a competent reader. You will be required to pass some standard checking procedures for people working with children.Provide 2 referees and attend 2 days training.

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Each Beanstalk reading helper will go into a local school for two 90 minute sessions a week, during term-time. 

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