Victoria Coren Mitchell

Introducing our Patron – Victoria Coren Mitchell

Victoria Coren Mitchell is a nationally recognised writer, television presenter and poker player.  She is a parent, Camden resident and long standing supporter of Doorstep.

Victoria Coren Mitchell



I was bowled over by Doorstep when I first walked in. It’s an organisation that obviously has a huge and transformative effect on the lives of the people it serves – there is a community of lonely mothers, unlucky children and stigmatised families who might otherwise be sitting in tiny rooms feeling hopeless, but instead can find light and space and colour and laughter and play – and help, and kindness and company – and this is surely the road back to pride and confidence, getting back into the workplace and the regular world. I think it’s really wonderful.”

Aviva community fund vote

Vote for Doorstep in the Aviva Community Funding Contest

We’re really excited to be participating the the Aviva Community Fund programme this year






We’re in with a chance of being awarded up to 25k, yes 25k of funding that will help us to continue in the work we do to support homeless families.

In order for us to be successful we need votes… That’s where you wonderful people can help 

If you would like to help us secure a place in the finals please click on the link below and cast all of your 10 votes for us and share this blog post with your friends and family.

Click here to vote for Doorstep in the Aviva Community Fund

Thank you for your continued support,

Zoe | Doorstep

Helping one another is a piece of cake

Homelessness has been shown to negatively impact on children’s lives in a variety of ways such as being associated with poor school attendance and performance or by increasing the risk of physical and mental health problems. However, it can also have a negative impact on other, softer, aspects of children’s lives that may sometimes be overlooked when authorities focus on providing help and support for the ‘big issues’ facing homeless families. An example of this is how parents facing sother children take for granted.

In addition to providing essential services, such as laundry facilities, Doorstep supports their users in a range of ways, sometimes by teaming up with other charities. One of these is Free Cakes for Kids, which is made up of nearly 60 volunteer groups across the UK and help maintain a sense of normalcy for children by baking for local families that would otherwise struggle to provide a birthday cake for their child.

Over the past financial year, Doorstep and the local Free Cake for Kids chapter provided cakes to all 136 children that attended Doorstep! All cakes were personalised, ensuring it was their favourite flavour and themed according to their interests.

What might seem like a small gesture can help make a child feel special and appreciated and support parents in providing their child with the birthday celebration that every child deserves.

If you want to learn more about how you can volunteer and help your local community, please contact Camden’s local Free Cakes for Kids chapter ([email protected]) or consider supporting Doorstep by donating goods directly to the centre or by donating funds via CharityChoice!