How to Volunteer

Volunteer knocking on door with green and yellow stools in hand

How can you get involved?

There are several ways you can get involved as a reading volunteer with Doorstep Library.

Online Reading Volunteer

Unfortunately, Covid-19 has accelerated educational inequality at an alarming rate and continues to be a growing problem. As a result, we’ve adapted our home-reading service and have now launched our Online Reading Corner with a brand-new volunteering role. As an Online Reading Volunteer, you will visit the same three families virtually every week through our online reading sessions. You will read stories with children aged 0 – 11, finding the most appropriate books for every child you visit and building a long-standing relationship with the whole family.  Our amazing team are always on hand to support you every step of the way.

To find out more about becoming an Online Reading Volunteer book an Information Session here.

Home Reading Volunteer

*Please note we are currently not recruiting for this role due to Government advice on Covid-19.*

As a regular Home Reading Volunteer, you’ll visit the same five families every week. This means you’ll get to know one set of families really well. We ask our regular readers to be available on a set day every week during term time only.

Volunteer showing book to child

Stand-in Reading Volunteer

As a stand-in Home Reading Volunteer, you will fill in for our regular Home Reading Volunteers when they are away. Stand-in readers only cover reading sessions as and when they’re available and so don’t need to make a weekly commitment. They also have the chance to work with different volunteers and meet different families. You can also become a Stand-in volunteer as an Online Reader.

Where are you based?

We currently run on the ground projects in Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, Lambeth and Camden and we have just launched our Online Reading Corner for all our families. Click below to see a full list of timings and a map of all our projects.

See where we work

Why volunteer?

Recent research has found that urgent support is needed for children living in disadvantaged areas; as figures reveal the educational gap in England has increased by 46% as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. (Adams. R, (2020) Gap between rich and poor pupils in England ‘grows by 46% in a year’ [online], The Guardian

By becoming a Doorstep Library Home Reading Volunteer, you can help us bridge that gap and ensure all children are enjoying reading as part of their childhood.

Hear about our volunteering roles and our charity by booking onto one of our monthly Information Sessions. Due to safeguarding our volunteers must be 18 and over to apply.

Book an information session

There are so many benefits to volunteering with Doorstep Library, we could write a book full of them! You can have a read of them here.