Project information

Help a child to read this festive season

Please give to the Christmas Challenge 2017 by donating from NOON on TUESDAY 28th NOVEMBER . Your donation will help Beanstalk to recruit, train and support reading helper volunteers who will work in Primary schools providing 1-2-1 reading sessions for the children who need it most.

November 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Beanstalk

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  • Need


    Over 5 million adults in the UK are functionally illiterate and it is estimated that each year illiteracy costs the UK economy £81 billion. Beanstalk try to prevent illiteracy by working with children who are already displaying early signs of struggling with their reading. This is to ensure that more children leave primary school achieving the expected level in reading attainment and displaying a confidence and enjoyment of reading.


    Beanstalk recruit, train and support reading helper volunteers who help children with their reading. Reading helpers spend 3 hours a week in 1-2-1 sessions with a child, encouraging them and giving them the confidence they need to progress with their reading. Each reading helper is trained by our staff and provided with ongoing support throughout their time with us.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve literacy levels in primary schools throughout the UK.


    » Through the continuation of our work supporting children to reach good reading levels

    We have staff who are dedicated to monitoring and evaluating the work that we do on every level. We are always asking for feedback from children, volunteers and others.

  • Impact


    We want to be working with 30,000 children by the 2020-21 academic year. We know from our impact report in 2014 that 74% of the children we work with improved their reading by 2 sub - levels after 2 terms with a reading helper. We also know that 99% of the schools we worked with agreed that their reading helpers made a significant impact on the children they supported. We will demonstrate our success by continuing to report on impact and measure it on every level.


    Beanstalk have been operating for over 40 years and in this time have come up against many challenges that we feel we are now in a position to address with confidence. We have a solid infrastructure in place with over 100 dedicated staff who are passionate about what we do. We are always at risk of not recruiting a sufficient number of reading helpers to deliver the programme, but with several new roles dedicated to recruitment, we feel this will no longer be an issue.


    We will report to donors directly (If requested) or through the Big Give website with photos and any interesting developments on the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £48,400 Total cost Cost of helping 200 children with their reading
  • Background


    Beanstalk work with children in London, Kent and Medway, the North East of England (including Leeds and Newcastle), the North West (Liverpool and Merseyside), the midlands (Birmingham and Cheshire) and Northampton.


    Children from deprived backgrounds who are struggling with their reading. At risk groups include: Children from low income backgrounds, Children looked after, Children for whom English is an additional language

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Beanstalk have been working with children on literacy levels for over 40 years and since it's establishment in 1973 have worked with hundreds of primary schools throughout the UK. We already have the infrastructure in place to deliver a fully tried and tested way of improving literacy in children and great community partnerships in place to deliver our sessions.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ginny Lunn

    Ginny is our CEO and brings a wealth of experience to the role. She was previously at Prince's Trust and Save the Children.

    Nick Parker

    Nick is our Director of Operations and was previously with the Scouts Association.


    Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do