Norfolk’s volunteer reading helpers thanked

Children’s author Paeony Lewis reads to children and volunteers PHOTO: Beanstalk charity

Children’s author Paeony Lewis reads to children and volunteers PHOTO: Beanstalk charity - Credit: Beanstalk charity

A group of Norfolk volunteers who help children to read in schools across the county have been given a special thank you.

The reading charity Beanstalk who co-ordinate the volunteer programme, hosted an event at the Norwich Millennium Library to recognise the contribution they have made to young readers lives.

Guests were treated to special readings from local award-winning poet George Szirtes and children's author Paeony Lewis.

Beanstalk trains and supports the volunteers to provide one-to-one support to children aged three to 13, turning them into confident readers. Claire Wall, Beanstalk Team Leader for Norfolk, said: 'It was wonderful to hear from our reading helpers about the joy and pride they get from volunteering with the children and hear the teaching staff speaking so highly of the impact the helpers have had on pupil progress and confidence.'