Become a Home Reading Volunteer

Covid

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are not currently visiting 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. If you are interested in becoming an Online Reading Volunteer please sign up for one of our monthly Information Sessions here.  We hope to be able to reinstate our Home Reading visits as soon as it is safe to do so.

What our volunteers do

Doorstep Library Home Reading Volunteers visit the same five families at home 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. 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.

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.