We were delighted to hear that Beanstalk who we’ve been supporting for the last 7 years has now merged with another literacy charity, Reading Matters. This will allow them to support even more children and young people and help them to achieve their 2020 vision of working with 30,000 children.
The aim of the charity is to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds gain confidence in reading. Beanstalk provides 1-1 reading support to children in primary schools and early years, Reading Matters covers secondary schools so this is a great combination.
In 2016-17 Reading Matters helped 6,497 children and young people while Beanstalk worked with 11,000 children over the same period.
- Beanstalk is a national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading.
- The charity recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support in primary schools.
Beanstalk’s trained reading helpers transform the lives of the children they support, turning them into confident, passionate and able readers.
- In the last school year the charity helped over 11,000 children across England, in over 1,400 schools, with the help of over 3,000 reading helpers, ensuring children have the skills and confidence to reach their true potential.
- By 2020-21 Beanstalk aims to help 30,000 children every year, with 8,000 volunteers.
About Reading Matters
- Reading Matters is a registered charity and not-for-profit social enterprise which began in 1997. Since then, the charity has supported tens of thousands of young people.
- In 2016/17, Reading Matters supported 6,497 children and young people and on average increased reading ages by 13 months in just 10 weeks.
- The charity runs a range of programmes: Reading Mentors, Reading Leaders, Reading Families and Reading Teams. They provide schools with a resource box of reading materials that will engage and encourage reluctant readers.
- Reading Matters’ social mission is to help children, young people and adults to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic readers.
and check out the Bookseller article: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/beanstalk-and-reading-matters-merge-664681