Bookmark Reading group has asked us to promote their work - they need to recruit local people willing to volunteer their time to help children to read.
Can you help a local child catch up after Covid-19?
When schools re-open, reading volunteers will be essential for children who have not had access to books and reading support at home. You can apply now to support our reading programme as soon as it resumes.
Even before this health crisis - which means so many children have no access to school, figures suggest that this year, 8 pupils in each class left primary school unable to read to the expected standard. Bookmark volunteers have been changing this by giving one hour a week to visit one of our partner schools, to help an early reader, age 5 – 8, who needs extra support.
We want to work with local people who are passionate about reading and giving all children a fair start in life. We are working with 12 schools across Wandsworth, including a school in Furzedown and will provide training and cover the costs of DBS checks.
Although Bookmark is currently closed and can not answer emails, you can still find out more and to apply to become a volunteer by visiting www.bookmarkreading.org