Bookmark is a literacy charity giving children the reading skills and confidence they need for a fair chance in life through our one-to-one, volunteer-led reading programme.
In a ‘normal’ year, an average of eight children in a class leave primary school unable to read well. Now, the pandemic has disrupted schooling and made things much worse. If a child can’t read well they will struggle in school, and beyond.
It is the youngest children, and those already disadvantaged who are worst affected. If these children can't read well, they will be more likely to drop out of school, go on to be unemployed and even have a shorter life expectancy.
Our Bookmark app matches schools with fully safeguarded, vetted and trained reading volunteers, at the tap of a button. Each volunteer delivers one-to-one reading sessions during a six-week programme, to a child who is at risk of falling behind with their reading. Sessions take place face-to-face or online, on our secure, interactive platform.
You can change children's stories in the following ways:
£10 could gift a child with a reading session.
£120 could gift a child with an entire six-week reading programme.
£250 could inspire a child's love of reading with a new Bookmark volunteer.
£360 could support a child with a year of Bookmark reading programmes to build their skills and confidence.
£1,000 could support 8 children with a Bookmark programme - the number of children in a primary school class that leave being unable to read well.
£2,500 could fund 20 Bookmark reading programmes for children at risk of falling behind, to support their love of reading.