Volunteer Case Studies

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.

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.”

Levi’s Story

Doorstep Library volunteers, Leslie and Penny, visited seven-year-old Levi every week to read with him and lend him books. However, Levi was reluctant to engage with the visits or the books that Leslie and Penny chose for him, although he maintained that he wanted the volunteers to keep visiting.

Reya’s Story

Doorstep Library volunteers Karen and James have visited Reya since she was four years old, going to her home each week to read with her and her brother and lend them both a selection of books chosen especially with their interests and abilities in mind.