Beanstalk - Black Country

The Official Page for Beanstalk Black Country Branch. Nicola Driscoll RTE
Alison Horton ARE
Karen Horton VSW
Joy Simpson VSW Beanstalk is a national charity that helps children who struggle with their reading to develop a love of reading and learning.

We were established in 1973 by our Founder and President, Susan Belgrave MBE. What we do is simple: we recruit and train reading helpers to work with children aged 6-11 who find reading a challenge and may need extra support and mentoring. Without individual support children can fall behind their peers and lack confidence and self esteem. Many may find it difficult to interact socially with adults

Operating as usual


Coffee Morning 10am until 12pm. Can you spare 3 hours per week during term time? 100 children across the black country are waiting for trained reading helpers to support them. Come and find out more, call Nikki on 07540 703487


Beanstalk - Black Country are based at 2C Victoria Works, Victoria Passage, Wolverhampton, WV1 4LG, off Skinner Street


Snack and Chat Coffee Morning and Drop in Session tomorrow 10-12, part of Residents Week in Wolverhampton. Come along and find out more about how you can help children read for pleasure! 03/03/2016

Beanstalk - Inspire a child to read

Do you think you could #inspireachildtoread ? Then why not watch our fun new film. #WorldBookDay This is "Beanstalk - Inspire a child to read" by on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.


"I get a real buzz from seeing the children improve week on week and it's also a very enjoyable way of spending my time" In our new film to celebrate #WorldBookDay you can find out how Catherine is able to #inspireachildtoread


Coffee Morning tomorrow at Chuckery Primary School, Tantarra Street, Walsall, WS1 2DZ. 10-12. Come along and find out more about becoming a volunteer! Can you spare 3 hours per week?


In 2013-14, over 66,000 (12%) of children left primary school unable to read to the required standard. Can you help? Become a Beanstalk Hero! More than 138 children across the Black Country are waiting for reading helpers now!


We urgently require volunteer reading helpers to support children on a one-to-one basis in local Primary Schools. Are you able to commit to two afternoon sessions per week for a year? Fluent in English? Have a love for reading? Are patient and encouraging? Able to work at the child's own pace? If the answer is yes, then we need you! We currently have 46 vacancies across the Black Country. Get in touch now and make a difference.


Hi All, we are in desperate need of some new volunteers in the black country area..... do you know anyone who can give 3 hours a week in the afternoon to go into local primary schools to help children with their reading, if not can you share this on your page please....... thanks


We are down at central library in Wolverhampton for a recruiting day come down at see us!! 24/09/2012

Leading questions: Sue Porto, Volunteer Reading Help The chief executive of the literacy charity on learning from offenders and overcoming a lack of confidence


A HUGE thank you to all who attended on Friday we raised a whopping £190 for the branch! :-))))


We are holding a quiz night on Friday 21st at St Mary's Social club wednesbury £2 per person entry teams of 4.To raise funds anyone interested drop me a line! 13/09/2012

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Recruitment day at Wolverhampton Central Library 10-2pm today come along and see us


Hi all welcome back to the new term!


Don't forget the end of term meeting today!


We are recruiting today down at b&q wednesbury 10 till 1pm come and have a talk to us! 30/04/2012

Scandal of the teenagers who struggle to spell their own name One in three London secondary school teachers regularly encounters pupils who struggle to spell their own name. 01/03/2012

The World Book Day App! | World Book Day If you’re based in London, come along to our exciting LIVE iBookstore author event with top teen authors Charlie Higson, Malorie Blackman and Sophie McKenzie on 1 March, 4.30-5.30pm at the Apple Store, Covent Garden. The event will be filmed and made into a podcast to be viewed on iTunes afterwards.... 10/02/2012

Contest to boost reading for fun

If you have a child under the age of 13 who loves writing stories, get them involved in this! The government is planning to create a national reading competition in England to encourage a love of books and boost children's literacy. 10/02/2012

Moving to rhymes 'boosts results' A project is to look at whether following a set of systematic movements for 10 minutes a day in class can boost pupils' results.


Dont forget if you are due on the part 2 training tomorrow 10.30am please let us know if you are attending. 08/02/2012

Contest to boost reading for fun The government is planning to create a national reading competition in England to encourage a love of books and boost children's literacy. 26/01/2012

Cost of illiteracy to UK 'tops £81bn each year'

this is a staggering amount!! Illiteracy is costing the UK economy more than £81 billion a year, new research suggests


We are currently looking for volunteers in the sandwell area, please have a look at our pages if you think you can help. 24/01/2012

Prime Minister visits Battersea primary school

what a great story! The Prime Minister David Cameron made a surprise visit to St Mary's Primary in Battersea last week.


END OF TERM MEETING next tuesday 12th dont forget to come alone, we have a childrens author coming to talk to you all!! see you there :-) 08/06/2011

It costs just 92p per day to give a struggling child a volunteer to read with them

This is an amazing piece please give it a read She has brought hope to the lives of hardened criminals by teaching them to read. Now, literacy charity boss Sue Porto has embarked on a mission to do the same for struggling children


Book Exchange this the office 10-2pm see you there \;-)


Dont forget to sell your quizzes! only £1 each ....we need to hit that £300 target please help 06/06/2011

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Beanstalk inspires children to become confident and literate for life through the sustained support of trained reading helpers. Our vision is a nation of confident children, literate for life who can Read, Grow and Succeed!
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