Become a Reading Volunteer

“I love volunteering with Doorstep because I can share my love of reading with families. I get really excited about choosing books for the children I visit. One has just discovered the heroes of Greek mythology, another is interested in the Saturn mission, one loves to read plays aloud with her siblings. It is wonderful to encourage their curiosity.”  Aude

What do our volunteers do?

Doorstep Library Reading Volunteers visit the same five families at home, online, or on their doorstep, every week with backpacks full of books and two little stools to share their love of reading with the children they visit. Our volunteers don’t just read stories though; they do silly voices, handpick the books, and give special recommendations for each child. And, at the end of the session, they leave behind a selection of books for the children to borrow for the week.

By making it fun first, we watch, as the children transform into budding readers and encourage the parents to get involved in the sessions as well.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we currently cannot visit families in the home. We are delighted however to have recently launched our Online Reading Corner, a new online reading service where families can continue to share stories with our volunteers through their laptop or mobile device. This new service, forms part of our new blended offer, enabling us to support those families who need us most and reach even more children going forward.

We are working towards reinstating our Home Reading visits from September onwards if it is safe to do so. All our projects adhere to Government guidelines, and we review these on a regular basis. As such Home Reading sessions will be taking place on the doorstep (where appropriate) or as a book swap with the family if reading together is not possible that week.

Here you can find out more about how you can get involved in bringing the gift of books and the joy of reading into the homes of children and families who need our support. If you are interested in becoming a Reading Volunteer, please sign up for one of our monthly Information Sessions here.

Whether in person or online, our volunteers are also there to give a bit of extra support to families. Whether they’re passing on information about local activities, lending a listening ear, or even just being a friendly face every week. Our sessions not only help to improve a child’s literacy skills but also increase family wellbeing and bonding through the joy of sharing stories.