Project information

Beanstalk – help inspire a child to read

We need to raise vital funds to help children who are struggling with their reading. Over the festive season we are running a campaign to raise the essential funds we need to ensure that at the start of 2014 an additional 200 children can benefit from our consistent and vital literacy intervention.

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Charity information: Beanstalk

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  • Need

    Need

    Beanstalk's vision is a nation of confident children who can read and grow up to lead successful lives. In September 75,000 children started secondary school without being able to read properly. The resulting consequences associated with educational underachievement are widespread and catastrophic for the life chances of young people. Illiteracy is closely linked with long term poverty, unemployment, ill-health and/or involvement with the criminal justice system. We need to act now to help.

    Solution

    Your support to this project will enable us to recruit and train more than 65 reading helpers who will support the same three children week in, week out for a whole year, giving each child two half-hour sessions of quality, one-to-one time per week. The sessions will take place in school in a relaxed environment outside of the classroom. We will create an atmosphere in which the child does not feel pressured and where it is safe to make mistakes and take on new challenges.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1. Raise children’s achievement (attainment) levels in literacy.

    Activities

    » We will provide 121 sessions for children in schools
    » We will offer high quality reading helpers through robust recruitment, training and support mechanisms

    We have a web based evaluation system where schools register the reading levels for children pre and post our intervention.


    Aim 2

    Improve life chances of some of the most disadvantaged children.

    Activities

    » We will provide 121 sessions for children in schools
    » We will offer high quality reading helpers through robust recruitment, training and support mechanisms

    We will monitor and measure children's circumstances i.e. key indicators of disadvantage to ensure that our help is reaching the most vulnerable and in need of support.


    Aim 3

    3. Improve children’s confidence and self-esteem

    Activities

    » We will provide 121 sessions for children in schools
    » We will offer high quality reading helpers through robust recruitment, training and support mechanisms

    We will regularly ask for feedback, observations and comments from reading helpers, teachers and children to help assess the impact our support has.


    Aim 4

    4. Increase children’s sociability and communication skills

    Activities

    » We will provide 121 sessions for children in schools
    » We will offer high quality reading helpers through robust recruitment, training and support mechanisms

    We will regularly ask for feedback, observations and comments from reading helpers, teachers and children to help assess the impact our support has.


  • Impact

    Impact

    As a result of your support and our intervention we will not only build children’s confidence in themselves and in their ability, but we will also introduce them to new vocabulary, and develop observation, memory, motor and strategy skills. We will demonstrate our success using data from our evaluation system and from the feedback we receive from volunteers, children schools and other partners.

    Risk

    The main risks to our project are:
    1. Not being able to recruit enough volunteers.
    2. Our volunteers not delivering the service effectively.
    3. Protecting children from harm.
    We will mitigate these risks by.
    1 Operating a robust volunteer recruitment and retention strategy.
    2 Ensuring that our volunteers are fully prepared by delivering comprehensive training and on-going support.
    3 Ensuring all staff/volunteers have regular DBS checks and receive regular safeguarding training.

    Reporting

    We will update the project on the Big Give and our own website. We would also be very happy to send a personal update to donors at their request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £45,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,400 Staff costs Salary costs for support staff, who will recruit train and provide ongoing support for volunteers
      £3,000 Training & travel To travel to schools, volunteer meetings and deliver training sessions
      £2,800 Volunteer costs recruitment costs, resources, books and games, evaluation
      £5,400 Rent and utilities office rental and utility costs
      £3,800 Office costs IT, publicity, insurance, postage
  • Background

    Location

    We work in the top 25% of the most disadvantaged regions in the country, in areas which see the highest levels of deprivation and lowest literacy levels. We are currently supporting children in 1,174 schools in Birmingham , the Black Country, Stoke & Cheshire, Shropshire, North East London, North West London, South East London, Inner London, West London, East Kent, West Kent, Northamptonshire, West Yorkshire, West Pennine, Durham, Manchester and Merseyside

    Beneficiaries

    The primary beneficiaries are primary school children, (aged between 6 and 11 years old). Many are living in households experiencing, poverty and hardship, and their time with their reading helper is the only one-to-one attention they receive in their lives. Our reading helpers provide a vital resource that aims to engage children in education and ignite an enthusiasm for reading that has not only a positive effect for themselves but also for their peers, school and community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    "Lynne has showed me books are fun. I can read like everyone else now".
    Over the last forty years our simple yet effective solution of 1-2-1 literacy support has helped over 100,000 children. We know our intervention makes a difference because the children we help are improving by 2 reading sub-levels over three terms. This is very encouraging as the average progress of a child before referral to a Beanstalk reading helper is minimal or non-existent.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Volunteers

    Ultimately this is a volunteer-led project in which members of the community will come forward to help children who are struggling with their reading.

    Our Staff

    All our staff across the country bring a wide variety of skills and experience to the organisation. Their commitment and dedication is key.

    Sue Porto

    is our CEO. Previously she was the Director for the South West of England at the Prince’s Trust following 16 years’ experience in the Prison Service.

    David Beavis

    is one of our Regional Directors. He has 17 years' Director-level experience within the voluntary sector at both a national and regional level.

Donate to help children to read, grow and succeed.

Donate to help children to read, grow and succeed.

£6.50

Will give a child a week's literacy support

Reading is the most important thing that children learn because if they can read, they can do anything.

Estelle Longmore