Why We’re Needed

Why is Doorstep Library needed?  Comprehensive studies have shown that the UK is one of the most unforgiving countries in the developed world when it comes to the literacy of economically disadvantaged families.  Research from the National Literacy Trust indicates that 1 in 5 children (aged 5-8) does not own a single book of their own, a figure we know is even higher among families facing economic disadvantage.  With 87% of parents saying they now have less disposable income and over 50% of parents saying that books are simply too expensive, the growing cost of living crisis is having a negative impact on child literacy.

Here in the UK, how well you read has a direct bearing on how well you do in life. For various reasons, not just the cost of living, children coming from disadvantaged areas are less likely to have books, less likely to read with their parents and less likely to read for pleasure. Not only are they more likely to fall behind in their studies as a result, but they also fall behind in their lives.  Amongst developed nations, it is the UK that shows the clearest link between poor literacy and unemployment. For most children, there is no way back, because much of what support there is doesn’t reach its target. We leave our most vulnerable children behind.

For more information on the links between poverty and illiteracy see the reports highlighted below.

Doorstep Library exists to help as many of these vulnerable families as we can. We believe in the power of words to take children places, not just in their imagination, but in their lives. We want to see a world where all children can thrive in homes in which books are celebrated and a love of reading is embraced.

“To be literate is to become liberated from the constraints of dependency. To be literate is to gain self-confidence. To be literate is to become self-assertive. Literacy provides access to written knowledge – and knowledge is power. In a nutshell, literacy empowers.”

Kassam, Y. (1994). Who benefits from illiteracy? Literacy and empowerment.

Child Literacy in the UK – startling facts

Here we offer links to some of the latest research on the state of child literacy in our country, and the devastating impact it is having on individuals and the nation.