The benefits

Children

Our work can have a direct influence on academic performance, concentration, social integration, behaviour, confidence, self-esteem and happiness.

For older children, many of these benefits come about through the one-to-one attention from the volunteers.

Other benefits include:

  • Very young children appreciate the routine provided by “story time”; this helps prepare them for nursery
  • Mothers are more inclined to take their young children to play groups and enrol them in nurseries at the earliest age
  • Children from families whose mother-tongue is not English overcome their language barriers more quickly and then catch up at school
  • Children and parents begin to consider books and reading for pleasure part of home life.

In a survey in December 2013 across four Doorstep Library projects, answering through a scale of 1 (not at all) to 10 (very much), we achieved the following response from 73 children who answered the following questions:

How much do you like reading to the volunteers, or listening to a story, or both?
76% of children responded with a 10.

Do you enjoy reading books more since Doorstep Library volunteers started visiting you?
68% of children responded with a 10.

Have visits from the volunteers helped you read better?
73% of children responded with a 10.

Here’s what they had to say: