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Volunteers at Galliard Primary School in Enfield are helping to tackle low literacy levels in the borough
Volunteers have been helping children learn to read to reduce poor literacy levels.
And the charity is hoping to recruit more people to help give more young people "the gift of reading".
One in eight pupils moving from primary to secondary school in Enfield can not read to the required standard and charity Beanstalk is appealing for volunteers to help teach them.
One school that has taken on volunteers is Galliard Primary School in Galliard Road, Enfield, where volunteers including Christina Amatino, of Enfield Wash, and Harry Richardson, of The Vale, Enfield, spend half an hour each week playing games and activities.
This week, Mayor of Enfield Councillor Chaudry Anwar met helpers working one-to-one with children and heard a reading from some of the best at the school.
Cllr Anwar said: “It is vital that we support children with their reading as this will enable them to acquire more knowledge and be self-confident. Beanstalk is doing lots of valuable work to support children struggling with their reading.”
Harriet Watson, Beanstalk's area relationship executive for London North West said: “Seeing a child grow in confidence because of your intervention is terrifically rewarding. We encourage anyone to contact us directly if you think you could give a child the gift of reading.”
The charity, which works on reading projects with Enfield Residents’ Priority Fund, is looking to recruit 50 volunteers before Christmas and aims to reach out to more than 18,000 children struggling with reading across the country.
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