UK charity Beanstalk recruits and supports volunteers who give one-to-one literacy help to children who have fallen behind with their reading – they’ve helped more than 140,000 children since 1973. They train their specialist helpers to recognise the challenges individual children face and tailor their sessions to support each child.
Beanstalk want to grow and have as powerful an impact as possible. With ambitious plans to reach 30,000 children a year by 2021, we’re helping them make that a reality.
Our business design experts worked with them to create a new operating model. We helped them design the way they work so schools and volunteers have a better experience. They wanted to make sure their service to schools was reliable, for example, and that volunteers wouldn’t find their commitment overwhelming.
We helped them establish plans for activities that will grow awareness of their brand, more effectively recruit new schools and volunteers, and build greater ties with their local communities. At the same time, our IT transformation experts developed a strategic plan for cloud-based IT systems.
We supported their leadership team in creating a pitch that secured them £1 million from the Dream Fund, a part of the People’s Postcode Lottery. It will fund a joint project with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Liverpool University to focus on helping three to five-year-olds. It’s well known those early years are crucial.
We’re now helping them put plans into action. With a more commercial structure for the organisation and cloud-based IT systems, Beanstalk will be able to make a real difference for more children for years to come.
"It was fantastic to work with PA on this important piece of work, which brought clarity to our thinking and took us a long way on our journey towards our ambition. We were all hugely impressed by the quality of PA’s work and really enjoyed working with you. The dedication and enthusiasm of the team was inspiring.”
Ginny Lunn – Chief Executive Officer – Beanstalk