We are on a mission to help children in London learn to read. On average, 8 children in a class leave primary school every year unable to read well, disproportionately effecting children growing up in poverty. By joining Bookmark, you can help a local child read better, feel more confident and start to love books! Develop your leadership skills this term, during flexible volunteering sessions booked through our app.

Opportunities
Child's Reading Mentor
As a Bookmark reading volunteer, you’ll help a 5–9-year-old learn to read, so that they can succeed in school and beyond.
Online reading volunteer
Each year, eight children in an average class will leave primary school unable to read well. These children will often struggle in school, and beyond.

See what other students say about this project

"Volunteering has helped me clarify my goals for the future."
Maya Kirby is an undergraduate student in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS), studying French and Spanish. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maya has been volunteering virtually with Bookmark, a charity which works to improve the reading skills and confidence of children through delivering a variety of one-to-one tailored programmes. 
"Every time I would come back from volunteering, I felt less stressed, and happier!"
Cristina Fiani is a third-year Biomedical Engineering student.  She spoke to us about her experience of volunteering with Bookmark and Girls Friendly Society and how the benefits of volunteering goes both ways.  
"Volunteering has helped me feel more at home in a foreign country!"
Nashwa Naushad is an MSc student studying Sustainable Urbanism. She's been spending her time helping at one-off events as well as ongoing placements - read her story to find out why she loves volunteering.