Community Managed Libraries National Peer Network is recruiting a Regional Network Co-ordinator
The purpose is to build up and support regional networks of Community Managed Libraries (CMLs) within the South West, West Midlands, Midlands, Wales, North Midlands. Working with the Network Manager and Trustees, Regional Network Co-ordinators will build relationships and regular communication with CMLs in the regions; capturing the needs and insights from CMLs to inform policy development and to help develop and grow the work of the Network.
The area covered will be: • South West, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales
Below you will find the job description and person specification for a Network Co-ordinator.
The Regional Network Co-ordinators will work from home, though from time to time you may work from a CML building or travel for activities or visits to other CMLs.
As part of the wider Government strategy to improve safeguarding practice across the voluntary sector in England, DCMS in partnership with Big Lottery Fund are investing a total of £1.14 million to improve access to training, support and advice.
The Safeguarding Training Fund will provide funding in two phases until 2022. For the first phase DCMS is seeking an organisation or partnership of organisations with the track record and knowledge to develop high quality resources which will be freely available to the voluntary sector to improve safeguarding practice.
This will then be followed by a second phase which will fund a small number or organisations or partnerships to share the resources developed during Phase 1 and support grassroots charities and community organisations to improve their safeguarding practice.
The Community Libraries Network has created a map of community libraries across England & Wales. You can use this map to find one of the 500+ CMLs that are local to you, or to look into those from further afield that may share similar features and services.
The information currently recorded for each CML includes:
Incorporation (if available)
The map is continually being updated, so please get in touch if you have suggested additions or amendments. If you are aware of any omitted CMLs that are currently active, please contact us at email@example.com to discuss.
*Community libraries are separated into 3 regional groups, related to their geographical area: Group One: London & South-East (Chris Neath – Network Manager) Group Two: South West, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales (Regional Network Co-ordinator TBC) Group Three: North & North-Midlands (Paul Kelly – Regional Network Co-ordinator)
Surrinder Bains, Communities Officer from Playlist for Life, gave CMLs an introduction to their services and how community libraries can get involved to support people with dementia, their family or their carers.
Any organisation that can provide free advice, support or activity to people affected by dementia are invited to apply to be a ‘Help Point’. Help Points can be a physical location where people can pick up leaflets and materials about making a personalised playlist, but many organisations have found new ways of connecting with their service users over the phone or digitally with technology such as Zoom. No matter how you reach your community, there are multiple ways for you to set up your Help Point and share the power of personal music.
Playlist for Life provide a range of FREE resources to help users to create their own personalised playlists and to understand the benefits.
Chris Brown, vice-chairman and the overall events lead at Greenhill Community Library, joined us at our January 23 Network meeting to tell us more about the Sheffield based community library.
As an “associate” library of Sheffield City Libraries, Greenhill is funded through a combination of a grant from the council, occasional smaller grants and awards, and their own fundraising. They offer a range of services and events, from talks, cinema showings and coding to farmers markets and ‘open gardens’.
Book circulation is managed through Kohalibrary management system and 60% of their issues are made up from “Yellow Sticker” books which are donated or bought from their own funds.
Greenhill Community Library has an excellent track record of engaging with their community, including through a Friends of Scheme which raises funds for the organisation also giving voting rights to “Friends” at Annual General Meetings.
Richard Fowler, Volunteer Library Lead at Harbury Village Library, has produced an overview of how they provide recycling facilities for their community. You can read more about the background to this work, the initiatives that the library is involved in, and how & what recycling facilities are actually provided.
The impact of increased cost of living is affecting CMLs and their users with increases in utility bills, material costs, food and other resources. Despite recent government measures to reduce the impact of spiralling energy bills, many households and businesses still face a huge challenge this winter.
We have put together a briefing note, highlighting the important role that Community Managed Libraries play in supporting people this winter: