We collect books that are no longer needed by publishers, shops, libraries and individuals and redistribute them free of charge to organisations working with survivors of domestic abuse, people experiencing homelessness, ex-service men and women, former and current prisoners and their families, young offenders, children's homes, hostels for young people, refugees and those applying for asylum, vulnerable adults and children and families using food banks.
We do not generally supply books to individuals, apart from at some community festivals and events and individual prisoners who write to us.
We invite people working with the above groups to contact us to make an appointment to come and see the books we have available. Where possible we suggest bringing a few of your members/service users along as well. From time to time we are also able to offer other items such as DVDs or stationery, depending on what has been donated to us.
We regularly have openings for volunteers, either on a one-off group basis or for individuals working regularly. As of September 2016 we have opportunities for two or three volunteers to help with keeping up with book donations, repairing books, arranging the shelves and contacting local organisations to invite them to visit. Our parent charity, The Kittiwake Trust, also runs a multilingual library in Eldon Garden in Newcastle. We can always use volunteers there as well - particularly those with some library experience and people with an interest in languages.
We are very interested in starting up more branches of Borderline Books in other towns around the north and welcome enquiries. The project could easily be run by the very people for whom the books are intended. We are particularly interested in working with groups supporting people leaving prison as Borderline Books would be such a fantastic project for them to run.
We are also actively seeking partnerships with organisations who could produce, for instance, bookshelves, book-ends or other items related to books. We are thinking specifically of community organizations giving woodwork classes with young people or people affected by substance abuse. Please contact us to exchange ideas.
Borderline Books is a project of the Kittiwake Trust, charity number 1165318.