"It's so rewarding to see excited faces waiting by the door for our call - carrying books to return as they anxiously probe in our rucksacks for more treasure. Opening a book together is priceless."

Alex, volunteer in Fulham for 4 years

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 4:30pm – 7pm during term time (Hammersmith & Fulham projects are 3.45pm and 6.30pm)
  • 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 four-hour training workshop
  • 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).

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Two children reading

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.