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Doorstep Library
Doorstep Library is a community-focused charity dedicated to bringing the magic of books and the joy of reading directly into the homes of children across London who need our support.

Doorstep Library Reading Volunteers visit the same 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 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.

Through our long-term approach, our volunteers build trusting relationships with families, helping to connect them with the community and signposting to additional sources of local support. Whether in person, or online, we are there to support children and families who need us most.

We have volunteer opportunities in Euston, Somers Town, Marylebone, Edgware Road, Pimilco, Brixton and also across Hammersmith & Fulham.

Doorstep Library is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and all those it comes into contact with. All volunteers undergo rigorous safer recruitment processes including specified interview questions, a DBS check, and the collection of written and/or verbal references.  Safeguarding training is a mandatory part of the induction process for all volunteers, and they are expected to always adhere to our safeguarding policies and procedures.  

Reading Volunteer Specification (9)_0.pdf

Skills Developed by Doorstep Library Volunteers.pdf

Project Location Overview.pdf

  • Visit families and children either at their home, on their doorstep.

  • Handpick books and read stories with families and children. 

  • Work with a volunteer partner every time you volunteer. 

Who will the volunteers be working with?
As a regular volunteer, you will volunteer with the same volunteer partner and visit the same families each week.

As a Stand-in volunteer, you will fill in for when regular volunteers are not here. You will end up volunteering with many different partners and visit many different families.
You receive 3 hours of training as well as completing a series of online modules and a short quiz.

Time commitment

You will volunteer on either a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday starting at 4.30pm and finishing at 7.00pm for regular volunteers.

We also have a Stand-in opportunity Volunteer for anyone who can't volunteer every week. This works out as volunteering once every 2 or 3 weeks. This also takes place on either a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday starting at 4.30pm and finishing at 7.00pm.
Application deadline

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.