Get involved

With Doorstep Library, a little generosity goes a long way.  £10 buys two new books to read with the children, £50 trains one new volunteer to benefit more children, or £150 provides a term’s worth of reading for one of our children.

Make a donation

Adult reading to child

Involve your Company

Corporate involvement has the potential to make a big impact on our families in many ways, and we are very keen to look for businesses prepared to support us.

Here are some of the ways your company could make a difference to our charity and the families we support:

– Volunteering and fundraising
– Payroll giving
– Gifts in kind
– Access to expertise
– Contacts sharing

 Two children reading

Volunteer

There are many great benefits for volunteers. Check them out here.

If you’re interested, here’s what you need to know:

  • You will always be paired with another volunteer
  • You will receive support and supervision throughout your placement from your team-leader
  • You need to be available on a set day each week between 3.45pm and 6.30pm during term time (Westminster locations are 4:30pm – 7pm)
  • You should be able to commit for at least nine months, preferably a year. Before confirming your commitment, you will take part in three trial sessions
  • You will attend a full-day training workshop following the trial sessions
  • You will receive training regarding child safeguarding
  • Travel expenses are covered for both training and the weekly sessions.

Please bear in mind that we’d need you to:

  • Have a native (or as good as) command of English
  • Be able to carry a rucksack full of books
  • Agree to undergo a criminal record check at enhanced level (DBS).

Read More

Book an Information Session

Sound good? The next step is to book in for an Information Session. Prospective volunteers will be given a chance to learn more about Doorstep Library – who we are, what we do, and exactly what is involved in becoming a Home Reading Volunteer. The induction session will last for 1.5 hours and is required before proceeding with the application process.

The next dates are:

Friday 31st March 11-12.30pm

Wednesday 19th April 6-7:30pm

Thursday 27th April 11-12:30pm

Please arrive ten minutes early for tea, coffee and a prompt start!

You must book your place by emailing us on enquiries@doorsteplibrary.org.uk, or give us a call on 020 8870 1476

If none of these dates are suitable, please let us know and we’ll be in touch with future dates.

Dsl_32

Fundraise

The great thing about fundraising is that not only does it inspire multiple contributions, but it helps spread our name and raise our profile. Here are some examples of common (and not-so-common) ways to contribute:

  • Organise your own event: a book swap for example. Pub quizzes and dinner parties are other popular fundraising events
  • If you’re a member of a rotary club or local WI, perhaps you could suggest us as a charity to support
  • It is increasingly popular to offer people the option to donate to charity instead of receiving birthday or wedding presents
  • Many people and organisations make a Christmas charity donation instead of sending Christmas cards
  • Many people offer the option of a donation to charity instead of flowers at a funeral, or as part of their will
  • Get sponsorship for doing something challenging, such as a marathon or skydive.

If you would like advice or help with any fundraising idea, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.