A decade of Doorstep Library – we look back at our journey with words over the last ten years.
Katie Bareham, Doorstep Library CEO
In 2008 we launched our first pilot project in Hammersmith and Fulham. The project was coordinated by the Anti-Poverty NGO ATD Fourth World, run by visionary Agnes Paroissien and funded by Hammersmith and Fulham Council. The aim of that first pilot project was to meet the needs of children and families who were in areas of deprivation. To bring the joy of books and reading, and the opportunities that literacy affords, to families who need that extra bit of support. The pilot was a success!
Doorstep Library became a charitable organisation in 2010 and a decade later we have gone from strength to strength. In the last ten years we have lent over 110,000 books to 1600 children and 670 families. We now run 15 projects in four London boroughs, with plans to extend even further.
- Hammersmith and Fulham
In 2021 we launched our new Online Reading Corner, an online reading service that enables us to remove some of the geographical boundaries that being on the ground can bring. The online reading sessions are still very much home based, supporting both children and parents. We know that reading together as a family ensures that reading for pleasure is embedded in the home and that shared reading goes on long after our volunteers have left.
In our tenth year we highlighted our success by:
- Launching our new Online Reading Corner – online reading sessions
- Launching our brand new website with a family focused area
- Winning Best Charity Film at the Third Sector Awards 2020
- Launching our first Impact Report 2020
To celebrate a decade of Doorstep Library we have also now launched our #WhereDoWordsTakeYOU? reading campaign. The campaign aims to encourage children, and adults alike, to share the amazing journeys that words and stories take them on. We are delighted that the campaign is supported by some well-known names under our ‘Friends of Doorstep Library‘ section who have shared their reading journeys, including:
- Laurence Anholt, award winning children’s author best known for the ‘Seriously Silly Stories’ series
- Malorie Blackman, children’s author and former Children’s Laureate, best known for the ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series
- Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live Presenter
We want everyone to get involved by filling out an online Postcard starting with the phrase: ‘Words take me …’ and sharing your reading journeys with us. It couldn’t be easier! We look forward to seeing where your reading takes you this summer.
Doorstep Library are proud to have been serving London’s communities for ten years now. Words have taken us on an incredible journey, into the homes and lives of so many amazing families – we have loved every minute.
We look forward to seeing where the next decade of Doorstep Library takes us.