Doorstep Library Network

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Service name: Doorstep Library Service

Service description:

The Doorstep Library Network, funded by H&F, is a volunteer service delivering a home visiting library and reading to low-income families with children aged 1-12 on the Clem Attlee estate, Fulham Court estate, Bayonne estate, Old Oak estate and White City estate. It also runs reading activities and events in school holidays

Funding until:

31 March 2021    

Annual funding level:


What this service achieved in the last year...

Number of residents supported:


Use of volunteers:

Number of volunteers involved: 71
Number of volunteer hours delivered: 3,000
Value of volunteer hours provided: £29,250

Outcomes/impact for residents:

  • 79% of parents engaged with the reading sessions
  • 425 children received reading support
  • 47 ‘at-risk’ families were identified and signposted to supportive services and charities
  • 90% of homes visited were low-income households
  • 287 children attended holiday events
  • 226 books were given away to children at non-term time events

Feedback received:

“It’s to say thank you for coming to see us every week. I know it doesn’t always look like it, but my kids really enjoy your visits.”

“I’m amazed he came out to read with you. Earlier it took me 10 minutes to persuade him to read his school book for five minutes! He really didn’t want to do it. You come along and he’s there straight away. I don’t know what you’re doing, but it works!”

Funding raised:


Other achievements/future plans

Following the success of the Doorstep Library Network in H&F, another project was launched in Queens Park, Westminster, in October 2016… and a further one in Pimlico in March 2017. There are plans to develop three more in Westminster by the end of 2018, and further projects in Lambeth. Volunteer numbers have risen to 90, meaning more children can benefit from the service.

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