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.

For details of how to apply visit: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/safeguarding-training-fund-phase-1

Phase 1 applications are open now.  Applications invited for up to £570,000 and the submission deadline is Monday 14 January at 12.00pm.

Taken from (Office for Civil Society) OCS For Info (London and South) – December 2018

How libraries are responding to the cost of living crisis – a briefing sheet from Libraries Connected

Hope you are all well.

Please see below a briefing sheet from Libraries Connected on how libraries are responding to the cost of living crisis.

https://www.librariesconnected.org.uk/resource/libraries-and-cost-living-crisis-briefing-note

The key findings are:

  • More than two-fifths of library services have seen increased demand due to the cost of living crisis
  • Over 80% of library leaders expect to see an increase in people using libraries to keep warm next winter
  • Over a third of library services have introduced new initiatives to help people cope with rising costs and falling wages

The briefing sheet includes an outline of the range of services libraries offer, key statistics as well as case studies from Barnet, Norfolk, Hampshire and Cheshire East.

Thank you.

The CML Peer Network is Hiring – Network Manager

I hope you are all doing well.

As you all know we are recruiting a Manager to help us run the Network. Please share this opportunity through all your networks. You can find the job on Guardian, Third Sector and the CMLNPN Website. You can find more information about the job opportunity below:

Network Manager, full time, £35,000

Based in Catford, South-East London, the Network Manager will work alongside CMLNPN Trustees, key stakeholders and two regional Co-ordinators’ to grow a network of community hubs based around the principles of a community library, developed organically with local leadership, to fit local needs to deliver transformational and long-term change to civic life with local communities as the bedrock for that change.

The Network Manager will set up, lead and manage the National Office; oversee the work of the two regional co-ordinators; develop a database and contact list of CMLs across England and Wales; set up and run a tiered membership scheme and revenue plan; develop and manage our membership and partner based activities; support bid writing and business development initiatives; manage our Public Space Management Leadership Programme; maintain communication, marketing, website and social media channels; organise network and shared learning events including an annual conference and support us in producing toolkits, podcasts and learning resources.

Application Process

Download and review a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification.

Submit a covering letter (no more than two pages) and an updated CV showing how you meet the requirements for this role. Please submit your completed application to recruitment@communitylibrariesnetwork.org  by 12 noon on 6th May 2022.  Interviews for this role will be held in week commencing 23 May 2022

We are Recruiting!

Network Manager

Full-time, London based, Salary: £35,000 per annum, Fixed term: 3 years

The Community Managed Libraries National Peer Network (CMLNPN) is recruiting its first paid role, a Network Manager, through the generous support from the National Lottery, the largest funder of community activity in the UK

The Network Manager is joining us at a critical time for the Network. We therefore seek someone who is energetic, strategic, creative, and entrepreneurial; has a keen interest in community libraries and volunteering; and who can support our drive for sustainability and our vision to help CMLs thrive in their own communities.

CMLNPN is a network set up by a group of volunteers in 2017 to help up to 500 community managed libraries (CMLs) to run effectively and successfully by sharing experiences, ideas, learning, and inspiration. We are made up of people and communities who fought to retain their local libraries and related services within the library.

Based in Catford, South-East London, the Network Manager will work alongside CMLNPN Trustees, key stakeholders and two regional Co-ordinators’ to grow a network of community hubs based around the principles of a community library, developed organically with local leadership, to fit local needs to deliver transformational and long-term change to civic life with local communities as the bedrock for that change.

The Network Manager will set up, lead and manage the National Office; oversee the work of the two regional co-ordinators; develop a database and contact list of CMLs across England and Wales; set up and run a tiered membership scheme and revenue plan; develop and manage our membership and partner based activities; support bid writing and business development initiatives; manage our Public Space Management Leadership Programme; maintain communication, marketing, website and social media channels; organise network and shared learning events including an annual conference and support us in producing toolkits, podcasts and learning resources.

Application Process

Download and review a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification.

Submit a covering letter (no more than two pages) and an updated CV showing how you meet the requirements for this role. Please submit your completed application to recruitment@communitylibrariesnetwork.org  by 12 noon on 6th May 2022.  Interviews for this role will be held in week commencing 23 May 2022

Exciting News for the CML National Peer Network

Press Release

Hi everyone

Exciting News for CMLs. Please read on and kindly share through all your networks. Please tag the National Lottery – #NationalLottery. Thank you.

Community Managed Libraries National Peer Network awarded £315,400 National Lottery funding

Community Managed Libraries National Peer Network (CMLNPN), a network set up by a group of volunteers in 2017 to provide a service connecting up to five hundred existing and new community managed libraries (CMLs) with each other to help them find advice, resources and support has been awarded £315,400 over three years by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to develop the service throughout England and Wales.

The grant, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, will be used to employ a full time Network Manager and two part time Regional Co-ordinators to implement a business plan that will create a network of community hubs based around community libraries developed organically with local leadership, to fit local needs and that can deliver transformational and long term change to civic life with local communities as the bedrock.

This development of CMLNPN aligns with the report to Government ‘Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant’ that calls for ‘a new focus on the modern local library, often community managed, delivering business start-up and digital inclusion for local communities.’

Working alongside and often in partnership with Local Authority Public Libraries, it will support the network to enhance and transform how CMLs work to deliver services across education, health, culture, employment skills support and digital inclusion. This should contribute to creating a large public value resulting in a high social return on investment through co-production with communities and connecting them with each other throughout England and Wales.

David Smith, Chair of CMLNPN, says, ‘We are grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund for recognising the potential in the Network and for CMLs and Hubs to be seen collectively as genuine business partners in the development of the ‘new normal’, delivering substantial economic and social benefits with a stronger and more co-ordinated voice becoming acknowledged by the public and partners in Government, Local Authorities and beyond.’

Emma Ackerman, Funding Strategy Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Libraries are an asset and a hub for communities. Thanks to National Lottery players, community managed libraries across England and Wales will connect and work together to support local needs, enhance civil life and ensure communities are better able to prosper and thrive. We are delighted to fund this great idea”.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK.

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Notes to editors:

  1. Link to CMLNPN research on Community Hubs with case studies
  • There is no single model of a CML. For example, some are recognised as part of their Local Authority’s statutory provision. Others receive their book stock and/or other support from their Local Authority. Others are independent and/or operate as small businesses.

About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive. We’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to work closely with Government to distribute vital grants and funding from key Government programmes and initiatives.

Our funding has a positive impact and makes a difference to people’s lives. We support projects focussed on things that matter, including economic prosperity, employment, young people, mental health, loneliness, and helping the UK reach Net Zero by 2050.

Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since The National Lottery began in 1994, £43 billion has been raised for good causes. National Lottery funding has been used to support over 635,000 projects – 255 projects per postcode area.

Network Update: Meetings, Training Event, Competition and more

A massive hello to everyone. Hope you are well and safe.  

  1. Network Meetings

Please note that our Network Meetings start again on 4th of March 2022, at 11.30am.  We have published monthly dates through to June 2022.

For the 4th of March Meeting, in addition to our ‘open space’ for discussions and learning and policy updates from David, we will be sharing some interesting updates and seek your input/ideas into some of the things we hope to do for members.  

Photographic Competition: we will also be discussing a new Photographic Competition – with an April deadline.

To book a place(s):  CML Peer Network Monthly Meetings Booking Link

  1. Template Environmental Policy for Community Managed Libraries

We need your Help!

It may not be the first thing groups think about when setting up and running a Community Managed Library, but at some point the issue of adopting an Environmental Policy will come up. 

If you already have a policy in place, and are willing to share it us, please send us either a link to the document or a copy of the document itself, together with an indication of whether you would be willing to participate in developing and reviewing the template document before it is published. 

Please email your responses (richard@harburyvillagelibrary.org.uk). Richard is a Trustee of the CMLNPN.

  1. Counter Terrorism Training for UK Public Libraries

In partnership with Libraries Connected, the National Counter Terrorism and Security Office (NaCTSO) will be delivering an ACT Corporate day at New Scotland Yard for public library services throughout the UK. 

We have seen an increase in terrorist related activity across mainland Europe and within the UK, during the past few years.  Although there is no indication that Libraries are likely to be targeted, crowded places will always be under threat. This training will be useful as UK Libraries increase see increased footfall, especially around city and town centres.

Throughout the day there will be various sessions covering core topics around Counter Terrorism measures, each will be invaluable to library’s Senior Library Staff, helping them to manage and respond to the threat of terrorism and increasing their understanding about how library staff can play a part in keeping their communities safe.

This free event will take place on Monday 14 March, 10.00 – 15.00 at New Scotland Yard, London and is aimed at senior managers working in UK public libraries.  Book your place here

Thank you all.

David Smith MBE

Hello colleagues, we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Break.

Happy New Year to you all.

Brilliant News to start 2022 with! David Smith, Chair of the Network has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s honours for services to libraries. The award is in recognition of his work as Chair in promoting the Network at a national level and positioning it as a serious player in the library community. The award also reflects the amazing work done by each one of us for and in our communities and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.

Many congratulations David, and for your amazing work and support, and to all the Trustees of the Network.

Please note that we will be publishing our Network Meetings and Shared learning events in the coming weeks.

Have a wonderful Monday and a great week.

Quick Updates

Hi Colleagues

Hope you are all doing well.

Next Network Meeting (Online) – 17 December 2021 @ 10.30am

Our next Network Meeting will take place online on 17 December 2021 @ 10.30am. This session will give us an opportunity to focus on learning from the past year, and look ahead to 2022. We are keen to find out how we can support you more in 2022, including new activities or services we could implement in the New Year. To book a place visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/network-meeting-december-2021-tickets-167493051225

Did you know that…...

That business rates is reduced for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, some of the hardest hit throughout the pandemic? This was set out in the Chancellor’s recent announcement.

Heritage Compass – great opportunity, read on to find out more!

Applications now live for Heritage Compass! 

Heritage Compass is delighted to announce that the final round of applications is open from now until midday 16th December! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the recruitment period.

Join 300 other heritage organisations across England and help your heritage organisation to thrive over this free year-long programme, all made possible thanks to the ongoing support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We’re proud to partner on this programme led by Cause4 along with Creative United / the Arts Marketing Association.

Want to learn more about what you’ll get out of Heritage Compass?

Join Head of Programme Shirley Lundstram at a free Q&A:

  • Thursday 18th November 2021, midday – 1pm
  • Thursday 9th December 2021, midday – 1pm 

Reserve your space at either one of the Q&As here.

Apply for the programme now here!

Community Choir Festival

Join us online or in person at Upper Norwood Library Hub for our first ever Community Choir Festival. The festival celebrates community choirs both near and far in an evening of choral excellence. Seven community choirs will lead us through their creative creations. This event is sure to lift hearts and settle souls. There are two livestreamed events in November and a grand festival on 12 December at UNLH, this will also be livestreamed.

For more information and details of how to book, visit: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/uppernorwoodlibraryhub/595985

Thank you.

Network Meeting and a Case Study from Harbury Community Village

All, hope you are well.

Network Meeting – 7 October 2021 @ 10.30am – register now, link below

Please join us on 7th October. We will have lots of time for information sharing, peer support/advice, receiving updates from national and local meetings and more. We will also be joined by Sam Brown, Director and Co-Founder of a strategy and innovation consultancy for responsible businesses and digital and emerging technologies, and a freelance strategic communications and business coach. Sam is doing some amazing work, and will talk about how to connect libraries to the priorities of the UK and the world at the moment – around technology, democracy, and climate change.. Sam will join us after 11am.  Register here: Network Meeting – October 2021 Tickets, Thu 7 Oct 2021 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

Terracycle and the Environment at Harbury Village Library

Recycling Boxes

Over the last 6 months Harbury Village Library has become more engaged with environmental groups in our village. The first step was taken when we were approached by the Harbury Environmental Group and asked if we would host some Terracycle recycling boxes in the library foyer. Since we already hosted boxes for Food Bank donations and a box for donations of Hedgehog Food, we agreed. In no time at all we had installed Terracycle-provided recycling boxes for used Marigold gloves, and their packaging, and for toothbrush heads and other dental care products.

We now plan to install recycling boxes for bras, organised through Bravissimo who make a donation to Coppafeel for every kg of bras donated. We will also host a collecting box for empty medication blister packs organised by SuperDrug in cooperation with Terracycle. We have, however, politely declined the opportunity to host a recycling box for empty crisp packets.

As well as simply being a good thing to do, the initiative results in people coming into the library who might not do so otherwise.

Recycling Poster Competition

In parallel with organising recycling boxes the same environmental group launched a competition for children to create a poster explaining why recycling is important for the planet. They again approached the library and we agreed not only to help publicise the competition, but to provide prizes of books about the environment for the winners in each of two age groups. We also arranged for two graphic design professionals, who are also library volunteers, to judge the competition. After the judging we will display all of the entries in the library. This is one of the competition entries.

Moths to a Flame

Since Summer Reading Challenge 2021 had an environmental theme we decide to hold a children’s activity afternoon that mirrored this. Serendipitously we discovered the Moths to a Flame project being run by the Art and Energy collective in Plymouth. They are encouraging people throughout the country to make 20,000 glow in the dark moths out of plastic milk bottles which will then be brought together in a single art installation in Glasgow in time for the COP26 climate conference in November.

The Thursday afternoon event was a “sell out” and we created 21 milk bottle moths to send off to the conference. Probably the same number of moths went home with their creators. The children were also encouraged to write down what they want world leaders to do about the climate crisis and these too will be delivered to Glasgow.

What next?

Probably we’ll just take a deep breath before embarking on our next project, but we can be sure that if we don’t think of something, someone else in the village certainly will, and because we’re now recognised as a welcoming hub for such ideas, they’ll certainly come to Harbury Village Library first for help.

Thank you.

Network Meeting and DCMS College of Experts

Hi all, hope you are all well and that you managed to take a break or planning to take one shortly.

Network Meeting on 9th September

At our next Network Meeting this coming Thursday, 9th September from 10.30am, we will be joined by Bob Sherman from the Low Carbon Warwickshre Network and Caspar Kennerdale, ClearCommunityWeb.

Bob will share some insights and examples of recent projects aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of community buildings in Warwickshire, explain why this is an important initiative, and provide suggestions for funding sources. Caspar runs ClearCommunityWeb in Crystal Palace, London. He has supported over 200 older people, vulnerable adults and carers get devices and build confidence using the internet to help them stay in contact with each other, access critical services and support networks. Caspar will share further information about his organisation’s new volunteer training program for community organizations looking to provide a digital inclusion programme. To find out more and to book a place you can visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cml-network-meetings-tickets-167485310071

DCMS College of Experts

DCMS needs to draw upon a broad range of expertise including technical experts, scientific researchers, social scientists, policy and behavioural experts and economists to inform its work. The breadth of the department’s portfolio is reflected on the department’s outcome plan and in activities described in the DCMS website and the DCMS blog. High quality advice, knowledge and expertise and external challenge is crucial to the work of the department and underpins the Government’s policy of drawing upon open science and new knowledge to support policy making. The department is particularly interested in gaining external expert advice in a number of crucial focus areas. The areas and the sorts of expertise DCMS is interested in are listed in the attached document, read on to find out more including details of how to get involved: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AjFw7OBEwwEBu-uIRKuUO0Dz2j9ZrLNp/view?usp=sharing

Thank you.

Network Meetings September – December 2021

Hi everyone.

Hope you are well and safe, and enjoying the Summer. Short update on Network Meeting Dates from September 2021 – December 2021.

September Network Meeting

Our next network meeting is on 9th of September. We have created space for discussions on re-opening and lessons. You will have the opportunity to share learning, good practice, issues and concerns and get support from peers.

We have two guest Speakers joining us, Bob Sherman from the Low Carbon Warwickshire Network and Caspar Kennerdale from ClearCommunity Web.

Bob’s presentation focuses on Energy Initiatives for Community Libraries. The buildings that Community Managed Libraries occupy come in all shapes, sizes and ages, but almost all could reduce their energy consumption, save money, and make a contribution towards tackling Climate Change. Bob will give examples of recent projects aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of community buildings in Warwickshire, explain why this is an important initiative, and provide suggestions for funding sources to make this possible.

Caspar will share his experiences and learning from helping seniors, vulnerable adults and carers to get devices and build confidence using the internet to help them stay in contact with each other, access critical services and support networks. There will also be further information about his newly developed volunteer training program for community organizations looking to provide a digital inclusion programme.

The meeting on 9 September is online, and starts at 10.30am, chaired by David Smith. To book visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cml-network-meetings-tickets-167485310071

Network Meeting Dates from October onwards

See below to find out more, including the theme for the day and details of how to book:

7th October 2021 @ 10.30am: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/network-meeting-october-2021-tickets-167490557767

11th November 2021 @ 10.30am: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/network-meeting-november-2021-tickets-167492607899

9th December 2021 @ 10.30am: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/network-meeting-december-2021-tickets-167493051225

Thank you and see you on 9th September.