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Beanstalk is a children’s literacy charity who recruit, train and support reading helpers to go into primary schools and give one-to-one literacy support to children aged 3-13 years who have fallen behind with their reading. These volunteers help children increase not just their reading attainment, but also their confidence and self-esteem.

Last year over 63,000 children left primary school unable to read to the expected standard. The consequences of poor literacy are severe and seriously impact on children’s life chances. Poor literacy can lead to unemployment, poverty, criminality, poor health and social exclusion.

Beanstalk was founded in 1973 and today has 3,100 volunteers across England helping over 10,000 children. Their Vision is to support 30,000 children by 2020 and this will require an increase in the number of volunteers. To do this they will be diversifying their volunteering model to attract new helpers. Beanstalk’s new ReadUp Programme is part of this initiative. Reading support will be provided by secondary school pupils helping two primary school children per week through 30 minute sessions. As well as benefitting the younger children, this programme also enables 12-18 year olds to develop their personal and professional skills.

In October 2016 the Swire Charitable Trust awarded a £50,000 grant to Beanstalk to support the establishment of this new ReadUp programme.

Category:Education and training
Amount awarded:£50,000
Date awarded:October 2016
Length of award:12 months