Please note due to COVID-19 we have now put our volunteer recruitment on hold while we implement new services for our families. Please register your interest by giving us your email address at volunteer@doorsteplibrary.org.uk. Once we have rolled out our new COVID-sage services we will be in touch to arrange a suitable date for you to hear more volunteering with Doorstep Library and what is involved. We hope to see you soon!

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.

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Help a child to read – volunteer today

We urgently need people with a passion for reading to join our volunteer team and support the number of families we have on our books waiting to be paired with a Reading Volunteer.


Book onto a virtual information session here