Hours: 2-7pm, 2 days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays – not including travel time)
Total: 10 hours per week during school term time only (37-38 weeks a year)
Contract: One year contract, with potential to extend
Salary: £23,500 pro rata, with 6% pension contribution (based on employee 2% contribution)
Start date: September 2021
Holiday allowance: 25 days pro rata, to be taken during school holidays only.
Working from: These roles are a mixture between on the ground and home based, with access to our office (based in Victoria) if needed. A work laptop will be provided.
About Doorstep Library:
Here at Doorstep Library we believe in the power of words to take you places. We are a not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to bringing the gift of books and the joy of reading into the homes of families who need our support. Our Home and Online Reading Volunteers go into homes in disadvantaged areas across London, to inspire a love of books, of stories and storytelling, and to instil a lifelong passion for reading.
Equipped with a reading stool and a supply of books, our volunteers are right on the doorstep, ready to use books to fuel children’s natural love of stories, fire their imaginations, and encourage their appreciation of reading. Our goal is to help each child develop the self-confidence and essential skills they need to access all the opportunities that will come their way in life. Whether in person, or online, we are there to support children and families who need us most. With our long-term support not only do we spark the joy of reading for both children and their parents, but families are able to build up their self-confidence and trust in others in the community, towards professionals and the world of education.
The organisation has gone from strength to strength. Now in our 10th year we will shortly be expanding into our fourth London borough and launching our new Online Reading Sessions – bringing our unique service to even more families.
About the role:
We are currently looking for a part-time Team Leader to coordinate two projects per week in the London borough of Lambeth. This role is based mostly ‘on the ground’, with associated admin to be done from home. COVID-19 restrictions permitting, from September we will be back to reading with families on their doorsteps. These sessions will fully comply with robust hygiene, distancing and other measures, to be as safe as possible.
You will be responsible for coordinating up to 10 volunteers visiting families per project who you will meet at a ‘base’ (usually a local children’s centre or similar) on or near the estate we are working in, where we keep a stock of books and all equipment needed. It is an active role – lifting boxes, carrying rucksacks and pulling trolleys of books, walking around the estate and up and down stairs.
You will be truly passionate about the work that we do to support children and families and you will have outstanding interpersonal skills to build relationships with both our dedicated volunteers and the whole family. You will inspire a love of reading in the children we visit, and be a friendly face for their parents/carers, providing support and information where needed. Seeing so many excited faces when you turn up at the door makes this a very rewarding role!
Technology will not faze you, whether that is competency using our internal database, Zoom or other methods of communication, and you will have the ability to support others to do the same. You will be a team player willing to support the Projects Team and other colleagues when additional tasks arise relating to our services for families and wider organisational aims.
Please note flexibility may be needed depending on COVID-19, should we be unable to resume our reading sessions in their original format in September. If this is the case you will coordinate two COVID-safe book swaps per week (swapping books with fewer volunteers and not reading on the doorstep) or assist with our online reading sessions.
Reporting to: You will be working closely on a day-to-day basis with our Lambeth Project Coordinator, and report to our Home Reading Programme Manager for HR purposes.
- To coordinate and support the volunteer team on their Doorstep Library on-the-ground project, and contribute to achieving targets
- To review weekly notes thoroughly and respond to any queries, issues or requests, and escalate concerns to the Project Coordinator
- To liaise with the Project Coordinator to ensure appropriate pairings for new volunteers
- To support individual volunteers as issues arise, reporting concerns to the Project Coordinator
- To deliver a system of individual annual appraisals for volunteers
- To coordinate and participate in regular support sessions with the volunteer teams, and have an ‘open door policy’ when other support is needed in between
- To work with the volunteers to understand and review regularly the needs of each child/family
- To know the families well and to visit families on the ground, as part of the volunteer team as and when necessary
- To assist the Project Coordinators in reaching out to new families, making links to external organisations and agencies to promote what we do and receive referrals
- To focus on getting to know “Priority” families (those that require additional support) and support volunteers allocated to them. To keep the Project Coordinator well informed about the progress or difficulties of each of these families and provide direct support for priority families as required
- With the Project Coordinator, to research and coordinate the implementation of the signposting programme and guide volunteers to community services, activities and local and specialist organisations relevant to specific families
- To contribute to the end of term internal reports as required
- To attend Project Team meetings to share knowledge and best practice, and to review activities and progress across projects (ideally with flexibility to attend occasional meetings outside of regular hours, paid)
- To manage the stock of books on projects, ensuring they are tidy and up to date
- To support the Project Coordinator in day-to-day admin to ensure the smooth delivery of all projects
- To undertake additional duties as from time to time may be required
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.