Bookmark Reading Volunteer
As a Bookmark volunteer, you’ll change a child’s story. You’ll help a local child learn to read so that they can succeed in school and beyond.
During our six-week programme, you'll visit a local primary school twice a week for one-to-one, 30-minute reading sessions. Sessions are easy to organise - you simply select when you’re free on our Bookmark app.
You’ll volunteer with the same child each time, so you’ll be able to get to know their interests and see the progress they are making. You can use your creativity to inspire them, exploring a range of books, games and activities that help them to gain confidence and find enjoyment in reading.
In every class, 8 children will leave primary school unable to read well. As a Bookmark volunteer, you’ll help to stop that trend. You’ll:
Help children who struggle with their reading gain essential skills at a crucial age. This will prepare them to move up the school ready to tackle new challenges without falling further behind.
Make learning to read fun by bringing your own personality into the sessions and getting to know your reader’s interests. It’s amazing when you introduce a book, comic or poem for the first time that they love!
Use resources from the Bookmark Box. One of these is kept at each of our partner schools and is packed full of amazing literacy games, designed to help your reader learn through play, whist extending their vocabulary.
We'll support you every step of the way
- Flexible sessions - On the Bookmark app, you can match with a school in your local area, give feedback on how it’s going, and arrange sessions at time and dates that work for you.
- Receive training and learn new skills - We provide initial training, including six chapters, which cover everything from how to help early readers discuss books, through to safeguarding. This is a great chance for personal development, whether you’re looking to work with children, build your CV, or support the local community.
- Join the community - Volunteers can share tips and stories on our online forum and meet other volunteers at Bookmark’s regular events. Your Community Manager is available to answer any questions you have along the way and will also check in with you at the start and end of every programme.
- Enrich your week - Taking time out of your day to read with a child can help to support your own wellbeing by adding a new experience to your week. Discussing books with a child can change your perspective and it is also a great excuse to revisit your favourite childhood reads!