Who we are

Our staff

Our Directors

Board of Trustees

Annabel James (Chair)
Fundraising consultant advising a wide range of local, national and international charities on all aspects of funding and development.

Tom Croft
Part of the ATD Fourth World UK Team, experience supporting families in need.

Daniel Phipps
Qualified social worker with experience working with children and families in need, including mentoring children with special educational needs.

Diane Marcangelo
Teacher at Kensington Prep School, Fulham, a volunteer with Doorstep Library for three years.

Peter Okali
Over 25 years’ experience as a volunteer, worker, senior manager and Trustee in large and smaller voluntary organisations.

Robert Mackenzie (Treasurer)
Qualified chartered accountant with experience in charity accounting and financial management.

 

Our History

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.

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