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Meet Our Volunteer Engagement Team

13th February 2024

If you’ve ever wondered who the faces behind Doorstep Library’s volunteer team are, wonder no more. Meet Olivia and Maya – our incredible Volunteer Engagement Team. By signing up to become a reading volunteer, you’ll be in regular contact with...

Book Recommendations For Children’s Mental Health

7th February 2024

With young minds facing an array of challenges in the modern world, promoting mental health awareness from an early age is key. Children’s Mental Health Week (5th-11th February 2024) serves as a reminder to prioritise the mental well-being of the...

Julia Donaldson’s Top Tips For Engaging Reluctant Readers

29th January 2024

In honour of National Storytelling Week 2024, we wanted to know how parents/carers can best encourage those who are reluctant readers to pick up a book and get lost in a story. To answer this question, we turned to the...

How Important Is Reading For A Child’s Development?

18th December 2023

In the field of child development, there is one activity that stands out above the rest: the act of reading. As a practice that is deeply embedded in the fabric of parenting, reading is vital for a child’s growth. Not...

Meet Our New Service Delivery Team

20th November 2023

The Doorstep Library delivery team has had a few changes over recent months, including the introduction of Lucy and Monica. With our reading projects sitting at the heart of Doorstep Library, having an experienced and engaging delivery team is key....

Top Strategies To Encourage Young Children To Read

15th November 2023

When it comes to encouraging children to read more books, there are a number of strategies and practices that parents and guardians may adopt. From visiting the local library, to setting time aside to read every day, and even using...

Tackling Poverty In The Heart Of London

17th October 2023

  London Challenge Poverty Week (16th-20th October 2023) is an annual event that sheds light on this issue, encouraging collective action to address poverty and its various dimensions in one of the world’s most bustling cities. What Does Poverty In...

Global Intergenerational Week

27th April 2023

Global Intergenerational Week takes place from Monday 24th April – Sunday 30th April 2023. Now in its fourth year, the week aims to get as many people as possible involved in the intergenerational conversation.

Children’s Mental Health Week: Let’s Connect

8th February 2023

For Children’s Mental Health Week this year’s theme is ‘Let’s Connect’. The theme is all about making meaningful connections – from family and friends to the wider community at large. Feeling connected to others and feeling supported is vital in...

Children’s Mental Health Week Book Recommendations

6th February 2023

This Children’s Mental Health Week Doorstep Library has put together a list of our 10 top picks for discussing mental health topics with your little ones. Children’s books can help to address many challenges, from emotional to learning challenges. Books...

The impact of reading on children’s mental health

2nd February 2023

Here at Doorstep Library, we know that books are a great way of helping us talk about things.  It can be really helpful for children to read stories which touch on difficult topics, helping them to work through their feelings. For...

Volunteer to read with children this New Year

1st January 2023

Volunteer to read with children this New Year. As the new year begins, you have perhaps made a resolution to give back to your community. Or perhaps you thought you would like to make a difference in someone else’s life....

Meet our Board of Trustees

7th November 2022

It’s Trustee’s Week, a chance to highlight the unsung heroes of the charity sector. Trustees ensure their charity has a clear strategy and that its work and goals are delivering on its mission. They are the ‘guardians of purpose’ for...

The Power in the Diversity of Children’s Literature

28th October 2022

As we celebrate Black History Month, we wanted to focus on the power in the diversity of children’s literature and what this means for the children we visit. We are often asked by the children to bring books showcasing important...

Reading and beyond: supporting families in the cost of living crisis

18th October 2022

Gifting and lending books “A book just for me!” Safiya squealed with joy when she saw a shiny new book with a rabbit and a bear on the front cover. She has just opened a package from Doorstep Library, one...

The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

5th July 2022

Written by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros I wrote The Suitcase a few years ago when the issue of migration, immigration, refugees, boat-blocking and wall-building were very much the topics of the day. They still are of course, and that probably isn’t going...

Mental Health Awareness Week Best Books

11th May 2022

This Mental Health Awareness Week the Doorstep Library team are sharing their favourite comfort books. Studies have shown that reading as little as six minutes per day can improve your quality of sleep, reduce stress and sharpen the mind. As...

Volunteering Promotes Positive Mental Health

10th May 2022

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we would like to discuss how volunteering promotes positive mental health. The theme this year is ‘loneliness’.  The week aims to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health...

Celebrating Intergenerational Week

26th April 2022

It’s Global Intergenerational Week a campaign dedicated to connecting everyone who is passionate about everything intergenerational. Now in its third year, the week looks to inspire individuals, groups, organisations, local/national government, and NGOs to fully embrace intergenerational practice, connecting people...

Book Recommendations for International Children’s Book Day

1st April 2022

To celebrate this International Children’s Book Day we’ve put together a list of our current top five book suggestions. If you’re looking for some inspiration or want to try a new book with your little one, we’re sure you will...

How to talk to children about conflict and war

17th March 2022

When conflict and war are featured in the news on a daily basis, it is unsettling for everyone, but particularly so for children.  Young people often react with fear and confusion as they try to make sense of what is...

How reading helps mental health and wellbeing

10th February 2022

At Doorstep Library, we are firm believers that the impact of reading on children’s mental health goes well beyond the development of strong literacy skills. Over the last ten years of delivering our home reading projects, we have had the precious...

Book Recommendations for Children’s Mental Health Week

7th February 2022

This Children’s Mental Health Week we’ve put together a list of six book suggestions that cover an array of different topics from dealing with anxiety to issues with OCD. The books are suitable for children ranging from 0 – 10...

Share the joy of a good story

1st February 2022

Did you know that National Storytelling Week starts on January 29th?  For a whole week, until February 5th, schools and other organisations will be giving children and adults the chance to share and tell stories. National Storytelling Week gives us...

Doorstep Library’s Early Years Packs

27th September 2021

With the return to reading on the doorstep after a year-long hiatus during which our volunteers were only able to do book swaps, we received a generous donation from OVO Foundation, who find meaningful and impactful organisations and projects to...

Chiswick Book Festival 2021

9th September 2021

Doorstep Library is delighted to once again have been chosen as one of Chiswick Book Festival’s charity partners. Having operated in Hammersmith and Fulham for over 10 years, Chiswick Book Festival has been one of our greatest and longest-standing supporters...

Literacy Is A Fundamental Human Right

8th September 2021

Literacy is a fundamental human right.  Each and every day we all enjoy the many benefits of literacy.  From the moment we wake up and look at the clock, check the news on our phones, follow the signs at the...

A decade of Doorstep Library – our journey with words

17th June 2021

A decade of Doorstep Library – we look back at our journey with words over the last ten years. Katie Bareham, Doorstep Library CEO In 2008 we launched our first pilot project in Hammersmith and Fulham.  The project was coordinated...

Doorstep Library is now in Camden! …and looking for reading referrals

9th June 2021

Doorstep Library is now in Camden!  As we reached for the doorknocker on our first doorstep, an ominous rumbling sounded in the skies over Camden. A minute later, the heavens opened, and hail hammered down over our brand new Somers...

Volunteer To Read With Children – Join Our Growing Team

3rd June 2021

Volunteer to read with children – join our growing team today.  At Doorstep Library, we believe in the power of words to take children places, not just in their imagination, but in their lives. Whether in person, online or in...

Celebrating the life and legacy gift of Joanna Beckitt

21st April 2021

We are incredibly grateful to Joanna Beckitt for remembering Doorstep Library with a legacy gift. The success of our programmes relies on the dedication that our volunteers give to us and the families we work with. Without our volunteers, we...

We must act now to close the widening educational attainment gap

16th September 2020

By Katie Bareham, Doorstep Library Director We must act now to close the widening educational attainment gap between rich and poorer children. UNESCO states that: “the biggest single indicator of whether a child is going to thrive at school and...

Doorstep Library’s weekly e-visits

15th July 2020

Doorstep Library’s weekly e-visits were launched back in April as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary suspension of our projects. We at Doorstep Library want to do everything we can to continue to support families in discovering...

The therapy of reading – how to read during lockdown

21st May 2020

The therapy of reading – how to read during lockdown.  This week we want to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week.  We know that so many people are finding the long period of isolation difficult and that this may give rise...

Working together to bring the magic of reading to children

7th May 2020

Doorstep Library writes for Give a Book, published 09.04.20 Working together to bring the magic of reading to children, Give a Book have worked with Doorstep Library for over 6 years, supporting their volunteers who bring reading and the pleasure...

#NeverMoreNeeded – recruiting volunteers now

1st May 2020

#NeverMoreNeeded – recruiting volunteers now.  Doorstep Library volunteers bring more than just books into the homes of families. They bring a listening ear and a sense of enthusiasm that you simply couldn’t find anywhere else.  With schools currently closed and...

Stay At Home With Doorstep Library

15th April 2020

Let words take you places Stay at home with Doorstep Library and let words take you places. The government has advised that we all need to stay at home for the foreseeable future, but many of us are already starting...

Keeping your children safe online

2nd April 2020

Keeping your children safe online can be difficult. The kids are home from school and you’re all confined to the house. What a nightmare! Until the schools are open again, your child will likely be spending a lot of time...

The best day of my week is Monday

20th March 2020

By Paul Fox, Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer We have more in common “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.” My new...

Doorstep Library’s journey to the Charity Film Awards

5th March 2020

By Daisy Church, Assistant Producer of  Media Trust Volunteer Films Doorstep Library’s journey to the Charity Film Awards is well and truly underway. Their volunteer film, made as part of Media Trust’s #VolunteerFilms project, is officially through to the Charity...

Start reading early – share stories with your baby

19th February 2020

You can never start reading too early. At Doorstep Library, we are firm believers that you are never too young to enjoy a book. That’s why our home reading sessions actively involve all members of the family. Our youngest participant...

Playing with your baby is good for their brain development

4th February 2020

By Emma Motherwell, NSPCC Local Campaigns Manager Playing with your baby is good for their brain development. For many parents and carers, singing and playing with their baby is just about enjoying the time with their little one. However, these...

Greater diversity in children’s books is needed

3rd December 2019

Doorstep Library believes that greater diversity in children’s books is needed.  Here at Doorstep Library equality, diversity and inclusivity are close to our heart.  The families we visit embody these values, coming from a wonderful range of countries across the...

Volunteer Film #WordsTakeYouPlaces Nominated For Charity Film Awards

24th October 2019

Doorstep Library are proud to launch our brand new volunteer film #WordsTakeYouPlaces, hot off the digital press! The film, which has been created for us by Director Michaela Lowe, aims to highlight the joy that being part of Doorstep Library...