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Beanstalk transforms the lives of children by turning them into confident, passionate and able readers

Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. Beanstalk’s vision is that all children and young people have the essential skills they need to grow up and lead successful lives.

Improving skills and confidence

Beanstalk-trained reading helpers work one-to-one with children to improve their reading ability and confidence. Together they read, talk, and play educational games.

This type of one-to-one support is proven to transform the literacy skills and confidence of children. Research showed that only 20 per cent of children supported by a Beanstalk reading helper were still unable to sound out new words correctly when reading new books, compared to almost 50 per cent prior to intervention.

A new chapter for Children in the North West

Beanstalk were awarded a grant of almost £32,000 to help support their work in Greater Manchester and Sefton. The grant is helping 100 children, providing them with the one-to-one literacy support they need to succeed in school.

We’re extremely grateful to the Freemasons for their generous grant. Thanks to them we can support children across the region to develop the reading skills they need to reach their true potential.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Impact

Alex

I was born in Chester but I’ve lived inside the North Wales border all my life. I loved developing websites when I was younger, so always wanted to work in IT. I left school at 16 and got a job designing and installing pay-as-you-go internet systems… that was about 10 years ago, and how times…

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Karl

I’ve been at Hospice UK for the past 17 years. It sounds cliché I know, but I’ve been doing this job for so long because I’m motivated to know that what I’m doing makes a difference to people’s lives. At Hospice UK, we believe that whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever your condition,…

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Frank

I’ve been a freemason for almost 22 years – in fact I’m coming up to the anniversary next month. I’m retired now but I was an accountant by trade; accountant to lodge almoner isn’t the most natural step, but there you go!   About seven years ago our old almoner was going through some family…

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Tasha and Kyma-Li

I’m 19 and I’ve been coming to the Young Lewisham project for four years now. I mostly get involved with the carpentry – that’s my favourite – but I sometimes do the motorbike stuff as well. I’m really proud of the things I’ve made here, especially the big outdoor table and benches.   No matter…

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