Two great opportunities arose over the last month to promote our Community Managed Libraries and our volunteering offer.
Community Support Officer, Helen Farr, was invited to attend the Stafford Earliest Help Showcase Event – the aim of this event was to give local organisations the opportunity to showcase the differences they and their volunteers are making to peoples’ lives on a daily basis.
Earliest Help is about working with members of the community to offer the right support at an early stage, before a small need becomes a bigger one. Libraries are well placed to help with this; they provide a safe, social environment for people to participate in activities and feel connected to their community. Our volunteers also tell us that volunteering at the library does help with their overall well-being.
I also provided volunteering publicity to feature at the National Employment and Careers Fair aimed at the Armed Forces Community at the County Showground.
These events were an opportunity to highlight the fantastic work that our Community Managed Libraries are doing for their local communities. The Earliest Help event enabled me to discover what other groups there are in the Stafford area, and what their remit is for future partnerships, and the Careers Fair was an opportunity to promote library volunteering to a new group of people.