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Topic: Volunteer! Read with children
Posted by: Emily Oliver
Date/Time: 02/05/19 11:30:00

Do you remember a character from a childhood book as fondly as an old friend?

If you do, youíll know the magic of being able to slip into another world as and when you need to, or how books can make your world a bigger, brighter place.
For bookworms especially, itís hard to believe that anyone could see reading as anything other than empowering, or even just a pleasure. For the third of children from disadvantaged areas who leave primary school without being able to read well, often itís nothing but a chore.

Thatís why we like to turn up on the doorstep, with a backpack of books, two little stools, and a pair of volunteers who know that words take you places. Every week, come rain or shine, our volunteers bring the magic of reading directly into familiesí homes every week, in low-income areas across London.

Doorstep Library volunteers donít just read stories; they do the silly voices, handpick the books, and give special recommendations. By making it fun first, we get to watch children transform into budding readers. We love when parents get stuck in with the sessions too and encourage them to get involved in their childrenís education.
Sometimes though, weíre just there to give a bit of extra support, whether weíre passing on info about a family activity, lending an ear, or even just being a friendly face. Then, before we go, we leave behind a selection of books for each child to borrow for the week.

If this sounds like the role for you, these are the basics. We run projects on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in estates across Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Lambeth.
In Hammersmith and Fulham, we start at 3.45pm and finish at 6.30pm. With some projects starting 4.30pm and finishing at 7.00pm.

If you'd like to know more contact Daniela Cardoso at volunteer@doorsteplibrary.org.uk


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