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Support us

There are lots of ways to support LifeJackets as we encourage children to see the world, and themselves, differently. You can volunteer with us, suggest books or donate funds. Read on to see which appeals to you…

Make a donation

We can only offer our activities because of the generosity of our supporters. Can you help?


Make a donation

Volunteer your time and skills

Are you looking to encounter some fantastic books, extend your skills working on an innovative project and help children to ask big questions? Our enthusiastic team of volunteers always welcomes contact from people wanting to volunteer skills in the following areas:

  • English literature
  • fundraising
  • administration
  • marketing, social media & communications
  • charity governance.

While most of the team are located in South East London, there are lots of ways to support us (e.g. book scouting, fundraising, social media and administrative help) that can be done remotely.

If this sounds like you, drop us a line via the Contact Us form, or read on to find out about our Teacher Advisory Panel.

Join our Teacher Advisory Panel

If you are a primary teacher who wants to indulge your passion for children’s books – and to help those books to change the world – then LifeJackets wants to hear from you!

We have successfully run a key stage 2 reading challenge in Lewisham schools and are preparing to offer this resource more widely (also open to youth organisations).

To make our activities run smoothly, we need plenty of feedback from teachers to ensure our materials are as easy to use as possible. In response to the housing crisis and the refugee crisis, we have chosen ‘Home’ as our first theme to look at housing, homelessness, belonging and relocation/migration.

What does the Teacher Advisory Panel do?

The role of the Teacher Advisory Panel is:

  • To read through three proposed LifeJackets lesson/activity plans and give feedback on:
    • the ease of use
    • how and where you would use them
    • the selection of books we offer
  • To suggest any changes you think would make them run more effectively and smoothly in classrooms.
  • To take part in a short (10 minute) survey to give feedback on the structure, suitability, and appeal of planned activities.

Could this be you? If you plan lessons for primary groups in England or Wales, or for 7-11-year-old children in informal environments (eg. Woodcraft Folk), we’d love to hear from you. You won’t even need to travel as we can seek your feedback electronically or by post (as you prefer).

Find out more info about the ‘Home’ theme.

Many thanks to everyone who has already supported LifeJackets

We can only offer activities due to the time, money and help many people have given.

We’re especially grateful to the staff and children of our two pilot schools St John Baptist CE Primary School (with special thanks to Beth Evans & John Goodey) and Sandhurst Junior School (with special thanks to Jackie Bates). Huge thanks also to the staff and children of AFRIL for running our activity in their Saturday school.


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Thanks also to L&Q Foundation for funding our reading challenge.