The poetry group at Great Wyrley Library is once again up and running. One of the volunteers at the library has been proactive in restarting the group.
At the first meeting in August there were 5 people they shared favourite poems and talked about the way forward for the group.
There is a poetry corner in Great Wyrley library where selected poems are displayed and more information about the group can be found
It demonstrates volunteer commitment to be proactive and make this happen as well as showing there is interest and enthusiasm for community groups
The three South Staffordshire and Shropshire Foundation Trust libraries in Cannock cluster; Hednesford, Heath Hayes and Norton Canes, have all embraced the Summer Reading Challenge with enthusiasm. The challenge is an annual National initiative from The Reading Agency and this year’s theme was Animal Agents. It is a great FREE activity for children to engage in during the school summer holidays. It helps to support children’s reading for pleasure and builds their confidence in a fun environment, as they collect stickers along the way and get a certificate, wrist band and medal on completion of reading six books. Well done to all the children who participated.
The libraries hosted a variety of craft activities along the way and artwork from Hednesford children is proudly on display in the local Tesco store.
It shows that the volunteers are feeling more confident with delivering the library offer and they are seeking ways to raise library profile locally and cement their place within the community
On 6th September 2017 Great Wyrley Community Library transferred to the management of local company Catherine Care who will be working in partnership with Staffordshire County Council to deliver the library service within the local community.
Catherine Care offers a wide range of services for adults with learning disabilities including residential care, supported living services and community access participation. They see the value of the library to the community and want to build on the range of library events offered. Library volunteering enhances the opportunities available to carers, helping to build confidence and bridging the gap back to work.
There are now 19 volunteers who are regularly giving time to support this venture and keep Great Wyrley library open, more would be welcome.
If you would like to find out more contact about library volunteering contact email@example.com
It Shows partnership working with Staffordshire County Council and local business Catherine Care
The volunteers demonstrate the commitment from the community and resilience to maintain this important community hub
Along with two colleagues from the Libraries Stock Services and Activities team, we assisted Business Enterprise Support (BES) to re design the layout of Silverdale Community Managed Library to make it a better space for the community.
Following the successful volunteer stock training project delivered at the Silverdale Library, it was felt by the volunteers and BES that there was an opportunity to make for of the stock and the space available.
By redesigning the furniture within the library it not only makes the library stock more accessible and attractive to the public, but also has created more usable space with in the library. The space means that more activities can take place within the library and the community can benefit from the fabulous resource available to them.
Audley Community Managed Library hosted a climbing wall on their car park to raise money to support the fight against cancer. The fantastic volunteers in the library supported this wonderful annual initiative by providing a welcome cup of Tea or Coffee for all those involved.
They also raised more money for this worthy cause with their own stall selling books donated by the public.
The organisation put themselves at the centre of the community by raising money for a local cause that is close to the hearts of local people.
Silverdale Community Managed Library welcomed the first group of parents, carers and babies to its new Baby, Bounce and Rhyme session which will now take place every Thursday during term time at 10:30am. This fun, interactive session enables families to join in with some familiar songs and rhymes and together with the leadership of the volunteers learn some new ones that are sure to become family favourites.
The development of a new session like this in the library is a fantastic example of the way in which BES are supporting families in the community, are encouraging early language and literacy and providing an important socialisation opportunity.
Although we each have our own area to look after, the Community Support Officers (CSO) do also work together across the county to help each other. This particularly happens during the busy time when a library is transferring to community management, but also with other projects, as required.
Recently I have been helping colleagues to train volunteers at Knutton and Loggerheads Libraries, supporting Great Wyrley Library volunteers in preparation for their transfer to community management, and planning for further volunteer recruitment for Brereton Library.
By working together, the community libraries are introduced to the other CSOs and know that they can contact them for support, should their own CSO not be available.
As a CSO, it is useful to visit the other community managed libraries to find out how they are doing things and to share this knowledge with your own community libraries.
A University student has been completing a work placement at Stafford Library for her university course and then has gone on to volunteer at the library during the summer holidays.
This has provided valuable help with delivering the Summer Reading Challenge at Stafford Library and also with organising and running children’s activities, before she returns to her studies. Whilst it fulfilled the requirements of her university course, it has also enabled her to develop new skills.
She says “Volunteering at the library has given me more structure in my day to day life, as well as increasing my confidence in myself and the skills I can deliver. At times it has pushed me out of my comfort zone, for example working closely with young children is something I had little experience with, however this has been something I enjoy and has been beneficial in developing my work based skills”.
On Saturday 29 July, from 11am until 3pm, a Community Fun Day was held on the playing field next to Rising Brook Library.
This featured face painting, an animal zone, 2 bouncy castles and an assault course, circus skills, sports tournaments, arts and crafts, treasure hunt and a BBQ!
The photo shows “Community”, the fabulous art work that was created by attendees on the day, and that is now on display in the library.
This provided an opportunity for the community to get together, socialise and enjoy fun free activities for the whole family. An estimated 250 people came and it was so successful that a repeat event is already being planned for next year!