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Volunteer for us

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation, helping us to source, sort and gift books and to create new reading communities. Every person that supports us plays a vital role in ensuring we can gift over 100k books each year to children with few books of their own.

BOOK SORTING VOLUNTEERS

Book sorting is fun, mindful and extremely rewarding. We run regular book sorting sessions at our Book HQ in SW10 during school term-times and occasionally also at half-term, and volunteers can sign up for sessions on a flexible basis. Typical jobs may involve checking the quality of books, sorting them by age and stage and packing up for gifting to schools. We are a COVID-19 secure workplace.

Click here to access our volunteer portal. You will be able to see available opportunities as soon as you have registered. Please note that your details are not shared with anyone else.

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DRIVERS

We are always grateful for individuals that can help us collect books from donation points across London and bring them back to Book HQ in SW10.

If you have your own car and might be available for the occasional collection (or delivery), we would love to hear from you! We pay expenses and would ensure that you have support at either end with loading and unloading. Email tracy@childrensbookproject.co.uk to find out more.

CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS

We are proud to welcome volunteers from Chelsea Football Club, KPMG, Disney Corporation, Innocent, The Writer, Pernod Ricard, DCMS and RBKC amongst other organisations. A corporate volunteering event runs for a half or full day for between 6-20 people and will include book sorting and packing, depending on our current campaign. They are social events with a high degree of hands-on involvement and we love them.

We ask companies for a £25 donation per head, with a minimum donation of £200. This includes a presentation about our work and refreshments. Larger groups can opt to build and paint one or more of our Pop Up Book Huts as part of their day with us.

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Sponsor a Reading Owl

Ottie and Ozzy, our two Reading Owls accompany our bright green Book Huts that pop up in a different primary school each term, inviting children to have a look inside and to take a book. With no barriers to choice, access or ownership, children with very few books of their own feel empowered to choose books from within that they are excited about and that they want to share with family and friends.

Adopt an Owl for a £5 monthly donation (or whatever you can afford). To say thank you we will send you or a nominated recipient one of our cuddly Reading Owls, a personalised certificate, regular email updates and an invitation to attend a Family Event at Book HQ in SW10. Click the button below to find out more and to apply.

Fundraise for us

It costs just £162 for us to gift 650 gently used books to children within an average sized primary school. This equates to £10.20 per class, or merely £0.34 for every child to receive an equivalent of 1.5 books.

If you or your organisation can fundraise on our behalf, we would be hugely grateful! We are Gift Aid registered and have a page on Just Giving to make it easy for you to set up.

We can provide fundraising ideas, resources, promotional support and potentially even volunteers. Email liberty@childrensbookproject.co.uk for further information.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service


We are proud to announce that in June 2020 the Children’s Book Project was recognised with the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises outstanding work in the local community and excellence in voluntary activities. We couldn’t be more proud to have been chosen to receive this annual award, which is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups and which reflects the considerable effort, energy and drive that has led to our charity’s ability to support more than 65,000 families annually.

Our award is for everyone that has given their time in some capacity to support our work over the past six years, whether book sourcing, book sorting or distribution, gifting events in schools, fundraising, advocacy or other support.

Thank you to our supporters

We would like to say thank you to every organisation that has supported us to date, whether financially or in kind. We are run entirely by volunteers and really appreciate all corporate support.