Children’s literacy charity Doorstep Library has launched its first Impact Report. At a time when the Coronavirus pandemic and a year of lockdown has had such a devastating effect on children, the report demonstrates that the home-reading service has seen great success with:
- 94% of children report an increased confidence in their reading
- 70% of volunteers agree that the children they support are now more ready for nursery or school
- 58% of volunteers observe parents continuing to read with their children in between sessions
- 69% of families have attended services or activities Doorstep Library has signposted to them
- 97% of children rated their visits as ‘Really Good’ or ‘Great’
The report was collated from project data mined from 120 surveys completed by parents, volunteers and young readers in the programme. To supplement this, interviews were conducted with parents and volunteers to gain an additional level of insight into the issues faced by those involved and the outcomes realised.
“We are delighted to launch our first Impact Report and the results speak for themselves. We see the value of the work we do every day, with every child and every visit, but it is important for us to be able to communicate that broadly to others. This report shows the positive impact that our home-reading service has on children and families in disadvantaged areas” said Katie Bareham, Director, Doorstep Library “With the Prime Minister announcing ‘emergency’ plans to improve children’s reading standards after the shocking impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on literacy, and the rapidly increasing educational attainment inequalities – we know our services are never more needed.”