Doorstep Library

Changing lives with books

Reading for pleasure is one of the biggest predictors of success in life – more significant than your parent’s level of education or wealth. Doorstep Library is a unique charity bringing the gift of books and the joy of reading directly into the homes of children across London. They recruit and train home and online reading volunteers to go into some of the most disadvantaged areas in the city, to help introduce children up to the age of 11 to the joy of reading.

Creating access to opportunity matters to us. We are delighted to award Doorstep Library £50,000 towards their core costs and to expand in three London boroughs: Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. Our grant will help them to recruit and train volunteers to reach 1,400 children.

  • Since 2010 Doorstep Library has helped introduce the magic of books and reading for pleasure to more than 1,700 children.
  • Doorstep Library young readers rate their confidence reading at 4.7 out of 5.
  • 60% of parents say that Doorstep Library has encouraged them to spend time reading with their children in-between

My daughter enjoyed receiving the books and reading them, she felt confident to read loads and was comfortable to read with the volunteers. Doorstep Library has encouraged her to read more and she loved every bit of it.”

A Doorstep Library parent

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