Why Volunteer At Doorstep Library?

Volunteers gain as much from their reading sessions as they give, often citing it as the highlight of their week. Being a Doorstep Library volunteer allows you to connect with the local community, build new relationships and learn new skills. Plus, volunteering can greatly improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Becoming a Doorstep Library volunteer allows you to:

  • Share your passion for books and reading
  • Join the Doorstep Library community of volunteers, families and staff members
  • Make a real difference in the lives of others
  • Give back to the community you live in/visit every week
  • Build your confidence and improve your self-esteem
  • Develop skills and enhance your CV
  • Explore your inner child – it’s incredibly fun!
Become a volunteer

How our volunteers have helped

“One mum told me the reading programme had given her daughter so much confidence.”

Veronica, volunteer in Lambeth Read More

“It’s a pleasure to see their excited faces as stories unfold, to share humour and clever wordplay.”

Brian, volunteer in Queen’s Park Read more

“Doorstep Library has given Reya opportunities she would not be able to otherwise have.”

Mum of Reya, a Doorstep Library reader Read more

Reading Volunteer Roles

Home Reading Volunteer
Online Reading Volunteer
Stand-In Home Reading Volunteer
Stand-In Online Reading Volunteer

Where can I volunteer?

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Our work is concentrated in areas where we know opportunities for reading are restricted – there may be limited access to books in the home or language barriers may be preventing parents or guardians from being able to provide additional reading support to the children in their care.

Live elsewhere? Volunteer online

Make a difference from anywhere in the UK. As long as you have a webcam and an internet connection, you can sign up to become an Online Reading Volunteer and help children to read from the comfort of your home. We currently operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Sign up to become a volunteer

To become a Doorstep Library reading volunteer, just follow these steps:

  1. Fill in the form below to sign up as a reading volunteer.
  2. Complete an application form: This will be emailed to you after registering.
  3. Interview: We get to know each new volunteer in a 45-minute online interview.
  4. DBS check: All volunteers must have an enhanced DBS check which we process free of charge.
  5. Two references: We’ll ask for one professional and one personal referee.
  6. Training: Our specialised and engaging training covers topics including safeguarding, how to engage with families and how to pick the right books. It’s a combination of pre-recorded training videos and a live interactive training session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Have To Live In London/UK To Be Able To Volunteer?
How Much Time Do I Have to Commit?
How Do The Reading Sessions Work?
How Do I Become a Doorstep Library Reading Volunteer?
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The safety of our volunteers and the children and families we read with is our number one priority. As a volunteer, you’ll get plenty of support and our team is always here for you. To read more on our safeguarding and Safer Recruitment guidelines, visit our policies page.