Bookmark Reading Charity

Bookmark is a tech-led literacy charity supporting disadvantaged primary school children to give them a fair chance in life. We organise flexible, volunteer-led reading programmes and make sure children have access to high quality reading materials.

Current opportunity

About Bookmark Bookmark exists to change children’s life stories through the joy of reading. We partner with schools to develop whole school reading cultures and to provide one-to-one reading support. For the children who need us, we’re changing their story. About the role Each year, one in four children leave primary school unable to read well and disadvantaged children are disproportionately affected. Struggling to read can contribute to poor educational attainment, lower literacy in adulthood and has even been linked to a lower life expectancy. Bookmark volunteers spend one hour a week reading stories and playing games with a child aged between five and ten years old, on our secure online platform. The programme involves two 30-minute sessions a week with the same child, for six weeks. You book your programme through the Bookmark Volunteer Hub and select sessions at times that work with your schedule. “It was such a wonderful experience. I was very happy knowing that I was helping someone. The child really improved a lot during the 6 weeks. It was really rewarding for me to see the improvement.” — Joe, Bookmark volunteer If you would like to apply to volunteer, please complete our application form here: