How to apply
Could you inspire a child? We’re on a mission to help every child to read and want you to join us in providing dedicated one-to-one reading support to children who need it most.
For many people, not having enough time in their schedules is a barrier to volunteering. Our Bookmark mobile app and flexible 6 week programmes provide an easy way to organise reading sessions at nearby schools, at times that work for you.
Our six-week reading programme consists of two 30-minute sessions each week at a local primary school, with a child who needs extra support with their reading, through sharing books, conversation, and word games and activities.
More than 1 in 4 children leave primary school in England each year unable to read to the expected standard. These children often struggle for the rest of their lives.
This is a chance to positively impact a child’s future, receive training and learn new skills to build on your personal and professional development.For the children who need us, you can help change their narrative.
Reading sessions consist of; reading the child’s colour banded (classroom) book, reading of the child’s choice, to help them establish their ‘reader identity’, and word games and activities.
Note: no previous experience of volunteering or working with children, teacher training or teaching qualifications are required for this role
Bookmark provides a combination of online and face to face training, which is designed to give volunteers the confidence and knowledge to effectively support a child’s attitude to reading and literacy levels through shared reading. In addition, we ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of both the volunteer and children they read with.
Bookmark’s training involves an online safeguarding course (1hr) and a face-to-face (3hr max) session where you will cover:
We look forward to hearing from you.