Case Studies

Find out more about our work by reading stories from just some of the amazing children, families and volunteers we work with.

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Sam, Mia and Archie’s Story

Sam (aged 11), Mia (aged 4) and Archie (aged 4) have been having reading sessions with Doorstep Library for over 2 years, with the sessions becoming an integral part of their routine. The two younger children (twins) are at nursery,...

Veronica and Janhavi’s Story

For Intergenerational Week we talked to some of our amazing volunteer pairs about their volunteering partnership.  We talk here to Veronica and Janhavi – a pair of regular Online Reading Volunteers.

Sheila and Fenella’s Story

For Intergenerational Week we talked to some of our amazing volunteer pairs about their volunteering partnership.  We talk here to Sheila and Fenella – a pair of regular Online Reading Volunteers. Here’s what they had to say … Shelia: I’m...

Matilda and Cordelia’s Story

For Intergenerational Week we talked to some of our amazing volunteer pairs about their volunteering partnership.  We talk here to Matilda and Cordelia – a pair of regular Home Reading Volunteers who currently volunteer on one of our Hammersmith and Fulham projects.

Rebecca’s Story

When I finally got to start on a project I was pleased to find that it was very local and that I would be supporting children and families in my neighbourhood.

Veronica’s Story

The best thing has been the children (and their parents).  The three I have been working with are completely delightful (even the very fidgety one).

Nick’s Story

Volunteering is a genuine pleasure. The staff and my fellow volunteers are delightful and share my enthusiasm; it is great to work alongside them.

Jasmine Gurung’s Story

The most inspirational moment I have experienced so far is a six-year-old girl who told her parents she enjoyed our weekly reading sessions so much, it has pushed her to go on to read chapter books at home!

Jasmine’s Story

I am currently studying Education Studies full-time at the University of West London. I wanted to volunteer with Doorstep Library as I knew it would be a different and rewarding experience; away from the school setting where children can be more comfortable and themselves.

Adam, Jordan and Ana’s Story

Doorstep Library started visiting this family -Adam (9), Jordan (12) and Ana (3) - nearly five years ago before Ana was even born and when Adam was just learning to read. The children know our volunteers well and they are very much part of the family's routine.

Brian’s story

I have found that volunteering with Doorstep Library has not simply been a question of what I can do for the children and families, but also what they have done for me. My fond memories of reading with my children, and then my grandchildren, are very vivid, but becoming ever more distant. I have been very grateful to rediscover this pleasure with today’s children.

Paul’s Story

“I used to think of Monday’s as my payback day but now I look forward to it as one of the best days of the week.”