Who we are

Home reading volunteers

Doorstep Library currently has more than 50 volunteers helping in London. Here are the stories of three of them...

Our staff

Katie Bareham (Director)
Katie has a background in management and business development. Katie has been with Doorstep Library since 2010 and two years prior as a home-reading volunteer and coordinating the pilot project.

Emily Oliver (Programme Manager)
Emily has a BA Hons in Psychology and Philosophy, three years’ experience as a teaching assistant, and has been with the Doorstep Library since 2011.

Kirsty Allen (Marketing & Communications Manager)
Kirsty joined the team in 2015 and brings her experience and qualifications as a teacher to Doorstep Library.

Ruth Lorimer (Finance Officer)
Ruth joined Doorstep in 2017 as part time Finance Officer, Ruth has a background in charity finance.

Stephanie Stuart (Volunteer Trainer)
Stephanie has been with Doorstep since 2014, she has a background in training and family mediation. She has  worked for Doorstep as a team leader for a number of years, and is now using her front-line experience to help us train our new volunteer teams.

Mariola Spryszynska (Team Administrator)
Mariola joined Doorstep in 2017 and previously worked at the Fulham Central Children’s Centre.

Project Coordinators

Olivia Donkor – Hammersmith & Fulham

Anna Bonato – Westminster

Amy Quinn – Lambeth




Volunteer 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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