Organisation aims / mission / values
- To help all children gain the literacy skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. .
- To create flexible volunteering opportunities at the heart of the community. We have created an app to make volunteering with Bookmark flexible and accessible.
- To help children develop their confidence and well as literacy skills by learning through play using games and resources in the Bookmark box.
- To give all children the chance to explore their reader identity by expanding the literature available to them.
- To narrow the word gap between between disadvantaged children and their peers by giving all children the chance to expand their vocabulary in sessions with trained, dedicated volunteers.
Help a child in your neighbourhood learn to read
How we deliver these aimsBookmark began last year and now has programmes at schools across inner London. Bookmark volunteers visit their local school to help a child develop their skills and confidence, during fun and creative 30-minute sessions over the 6-week programme. The Bookmark app makes it possible to pick sessions at times that suit you, making volunteering accessible to people with different commitments. We are so proud of Bookmarkers, who volunteer in their lunch break, on their commute, around their studies and in their free time. Jack, volunteering this term said: “The whole experience has been so positive for both myself and the child I was working with. The child was in Year 2 and English was their second language so they needed that extra boost of confidence, particularly when tackling more challenging words. Over the course of the programme, they became much more confident and enthusiastic when reading, seeing reading as a fun challenge rather than a chore.” Join our team this term and have a positive impact on a child in your neighbourhood!
Who benefits from our workBookmark provides reading support to children in Y1-3 at schools in inner London. Teachers at our partner schools decide which pupils would benefit from the programme most. These chidlren may be struggling with their reading for many reasons, for instance, their parents may not be able to give them support at home, find the classroom pace too fast or speak English as an additional language.
Charles House , 5-11 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4LR