Katie has overseen the expansion and development of the charity since 2010, taking the team from 4 to 100 volunteers, employing 12 members of staff and expanding the number of projects, with more in the pipeline for 2018-20. Katie has always had a passion for reading, and since joining Doorstep has been determined to share that passion with as many children as possible.
Contact Katie for strategic partnerships, funding and development opportunities.
Emily manages Doorstep Library’s operations team to deliver our projects on the ground. She joined in 2011 and has helped it grow in many areas of programme delivery. She has set up and run 8 projects, managed over 200 volunteers and established a successful programme of signposting and family support. She is driven by opportunity, wellbeing - and the simple joy of a good book - for all.
Contact Emily to discuss sector partnership working, referral pathways or to organise a book drive or donation for one of our new projects.
Kirsty plans and implements Doorstep Library’s marketing and communications strategy. Previously, Kirsty taught English Literature and EFL before becoming a Project Coordinator at Doorstep Library in 2015. After coordinating projects, leading volunteer teams and building relationships with families, Kirsty focused on developing Doorstep’s volunteer recruitment strategy.
Contact Kirsty to discuss fundraising ideas, corporate partnerships or for media enquiries.
Ruth joined Doorstep in 2017 as part time Finance Officer, Ruth has a background in charity finance.
Stephanie is an associate with Doorstep Library and leads our volunteer training programme. She has worked on the training programme since 2014 and on our projects since 2013.
Before her involvement with Doorstep Library she worked in education and the voluntary sector, in roles ranging through CEO of an international aid organisation, to teacher/trainer, education adviser and volunteer manager.
Olivia has the pleasure of supporting our committed volunteers to share their love of books and reading with local children. Olivia has a BSc in Communications and Cultural studies and has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. In roles including Development Officer and Programme Manager she has facilitated creative, educational and cultural workshops to children and families in schools and other community settings across London.
Contact Olivia if you'd like to get involved in our Hammersmith and Fulham hub.
Anna coordinates Doorstep Library’s Westminster projects, and works with teams of volunteers bringing the joy of reading to children and families across the borough. Before joining Doorstep Library, Anna was running behaviour change projects across Westminster schools, focusing particularly on empowering parents and children to choose healthier and environmentally friendly lifestyles. Anna is passionate about tackling inequality and promoting social mobility.
Contact Anna to find out more about getting involved in our Westminster hub.
Amy is our Lambeth Project Coordinator, and works to recruit and manage volunteers and expand Doorstep Library’s home reading sessions to children and families throughout the borough. Amy is an International Relations graduate and a fellow of social innovation programme Year Here. She has worked in a variety of roles with young people including delivering citizenship education, working as a teaching assistant and running social mobility projects.
Contact Amy to find out more about getting involved in our Lambeth hub.
Annabel James (Chair)
Fundraising consultant advising a wide range of local, national and international charities on all aspects of funding and development.
Part of the ATD Fourth World UK Team, experience supporting families in need.
Qualified social worker with experience working with children and families in need, including mentoring children with special educational needs.
Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder at IntoUniversity with over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Robert Mackenzie (Treasurer)
Qualified chartered accountant with experience in charity accounting and financial management.
Doorstep Libraries are the brainchild of the international anti-poverty organisation ATD Fourth World (www.atd-uk.org), which has a long history of developing cultural and educational projects with disadvantaged families in European cities and worldwide. In the UK, ATD Fourth World assisted Fulham resident Agnes Paroissien in piloting a Doorstep Library on a west London estate between March 2007 and July 2010. As founding chair from 2010-2017, Agnes Paroissien brought 15 years of volunteering experience to the project and was instrumental in establishing the charity within the community.
The Doorstep Library soon demonstrated that it was supporting families on low-incomes and had the capacity to reach out to parents with the greatest needs, many of whom were not engaged with services that had been designed to help them.
Doorstep Library Network was founded as an independent charity to establish Doorstep Libraries in the London Borough of Hammersmith& Fulham. We registered with the Charity Commission in October 2010 as registered charity number 1137861 and in October 2014 became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation – 1158197.