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

Rediscover Summer

Colleagues, hope you are well. An interesting update for you all, please see below:

The Rediscover Summer campaign will be based around a central page on GOV.UK, with dedicated ‘Shorthand Social’ pages that gather details on summer activities for children and young people across across the six main themes from government and partners. These are:

  • Week 1 – Reading / 26 July
  • Week 2 – Creativity / 02 August
  • Week 3 – Sport / 09 August
  • Week 4 – Nature/ 16 August
  • Week 5 – Heritage/ 23 August
  • Week 6 – Community/ 30 August

The campaign team at DCMS is now gathering content so they can profile the amazing things happening over the summer, aiming for a soft-launch of the campaign on 10th July, to give organisations enough time to highlight what they have on offer that parents can plan ahead for during the summer holidays. The DCMS team will also be profiling individual examples during the themed weeks highlighting what’s on offer on their social media channels.

How to get involved

DCMS want to use this as an opportunity to showcase the sort of things that libraries have to offer. Although the Reading Week is obviously one that libraries will be front and centre of (and which links in to the TRA-led Summer Reading Challenge and Summer of Reading activities that libraries are so involved in) looking at the other themed weeks there may be other activities/events that libraries can provide material for, such as creativity, heritage (local studies etc) and community.

To help libraries’ content and activity to be featured on the campaign’s channels, please email Rediscover-Summer@dcms.gov.uk with details of:

  • Activities libraries are running over the summer so the team can promote this and add it to their pages. 
  • Content such as video footage, trailers, montages, explainer ads etc. and images that libraries are happy for the team to add #RediscoverSummer branding to, either in the form of a logo on stills, or an endslate for video.

They also want public libraries to get involved by posting activities on their channels, using the #RediscoverSummer hashtag aligned to the weeks and themes above. Please let the campaign team know (via the Rediscover-Summer@dcms.gov.uk mailbox) what you’ll be publishing/posting and when so they can look out for it and amplify. There will be a #RediscoverSummer toolkit available before the 10th for you to use with your content. You’re also welcome to tag:

Reporting

Across the campaign, the DCMS team would like to gather data to measure the effectiveness of the campaign in supporting you and our partners. They would like to play a part in helping drive uplifts in footfall and other participation rates. We hope that through the campaign any promotion the campaign gives will raise awareness and encourage people to take part in your summer activity. Any data you are happy to provide which would allow the team to track this activity would be gratefully appreciated (including social media metrics and visitor data).

Thank you.

June Updates

All, hope you are well, safe and enjoying the sunny weather. A few updates to share, and hope you find them useful.

  • Libraries Assessment Strategy ITT has been published

Tender is due to close on 25/06/21 at 12:00

  • Environment and Libraries – interesting article on digital books and impacts on the environment in the link below. 

Diverse and unusual films showing at Upper Norwood Library Hub

Monthly, (online) mini film season at Upper Norwood Library. Mondays, starting 28 June from 9-10pm until 27 September 2021. The season continues to promote diversity within cinema through drama, documentary, archive and collaborative films. Plus, will explore people making change through lifestyle choices or working as a community. There will be interviews and/or an introduction prior to each film. Tickets HERE

Opportunities

Locality are recruiting a Development Officer for London. Locality is looking for someone with a good understanding of communities and organisations that reflect the strengths and diversity of the Capital to work with community organisations, Local Authorities and others, delivering high quality support and business advice. https://locality.org.uk/about/jobs/development-officer-2/ Deadline for applications is the 21st June

Power to Change is seeking to appoint three Trustee Directors to join their board who are leaders of community businesses or leaders from the wider community sector. This is a rare opportunity to directly influence how Power to Change support the community business sector, its contribution to redressing social inequalities, and advocating for social change on a national scale whilst we deliver our ambitious new five year strategy. Full details of the role can be found HERE. Applications close 4 July.

Funding Opportunities

Check out these recently-updated funding database.

Arts Council links: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/wellbeing-through-arts-and-culture/social-prescribing#section-1

This has a link to the sheet explaining the changes to how libraries can apply to the National Lottery Project Grants: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news-and-announcements/NLPG-whats-new.

Arts & Culture Finance – Our open funds: The Arts & Culture Impact Fund is open for applications until summer 2023, offering loans between £150,000 and £1 million for UK based arts, culture and heritage organisations that have a clear social mission.

The Cultural Impact Development Fund is open for applications until March 2023, offering small-scale repayable finance between £25,000 – £150,000 to socially driven arts and cultural organisations based in England. 

Stay safe and keep well.

Libraries Toolkit Update

Managing books and library resources safely.

PHE has updated their advice to libraries in light of the present low prevalence of COVID-19 and the current knowledge of the ability of COVID-19 virus (including variants) to survive on surfaces after experimental studies.

PHE do not consider there to be a need to isolate returned Library books for 72 hours. This is in line with the advice that shops do not need to isolate returned goods. Books can be wiped down if possible with a proprietary cleaning solution which is effective against COVID-19 (PHE cleaning guidance), especially if they have a protective plastic cover.

This revised quarantine advice applies also to books with leather and vellum covers. Newspapers and magazines can be reinstated in libraries

Please follow this link to access the updated toolkit: https://www.librariesconnected.org.uk/resource/service-recovery-toolkit-word

Air Purifier Scam – BEIS-Headed Letter Circulating

I hope you are all well. Please see below some important information shared with the Network.

We are aware of businesses receiving BEIS-headed letters (see attached image) instructing them to share contact details and purchase air purifiers. This is incorrect and an illegitimate letter. A tweet has been shared via the BEIS account (here) encouraging recipients to send on to Action Fraud.

Sharing a few updates

I hope you are all well.. Please find below a few updates:

Legislation

You can find out more about the Health Protection Regulations here: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

Funding

We have shared some links to funding opportunities announced by the government. We hope you find them useful.

The Restart Grant supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care, gym businesses and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Community Renewal Fund will provide £220 million additional funding to help places across the UK prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Levelling Up Fund will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK. The £4.8 billion fund will support town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets

Next Network Meeting

Our next network meeting will take place on 8th of April 2021 at 10.30am. Chaired by David Smith, with presentations from Jess Huffman of the National Rural Touring Forum and Peggy Nauman, Digital Skills Culture.

You can book a place at the meeting 8 April Network Meeting.

Thank you all and stay safe.

Roadmap out of Lockdown in England

Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement in the House of Commons, the government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.  The Roadmap has been informed by the latest scientific evidence and seeks a balance between our key social and economic priorities, whilst preserving the health and safety of the country.

You will see from the document it says the roadmap’s hope is for libraries to be permitted to reopen their doors in Step 2 (eg for browsing) – earliest date would be April 12. But this is based on caveats about the infection data being right to do so when the position is reviewed the week before.

Hopefully we can have discussions around this at our our next monthly Network Meeting to be held on 11th of March 2021 @ 10.30am. Our guest speaker at this meeting is Sarah Mears, Libraries Connected. The Meeting will be chaired by Richard Fowler, trustee of the Network. You can book a place at the meeting HERE.

Stay Safe.

Award Nomination plus Network Meeting taking place on 11 March 2021 @ 10.30am

Colleagues I hope you are all safe and well. We will be sending round a more detailed Newsletter in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, a few brief updates:

Do you know someone amongst our CML community who has demonstrated outstanding innovative, imaginative or impressive service over a period? If you do you may consider nominating them for an award? Read on for further information.  

“Nominating someone for an award

The Honours process provides a great opportunity to recognise outstanding individual achievements, and highlight the impressive work going on across public libraries all over the country that makes a significant positive difference to the lives of other people. 

To get an honour, people should have:

  • made a real impact in their community or workplace
  • gained the respect of their peers
  • changed things for the better
  • demonstrated innovation or entrepreneurship
  • exemplified the very best sustained and selfless voluntary service

Honours are not confined to people at senior levels, or those working nationally – nominations are especially welcome for people working at the frontline who have made a real difference locally too. And anyone (individual or organisation) can nominate someone whose work or efforts they think should be recognised in this way. 

Here’s how to nominate someone for a national honour; the Honours and Appointments Secretariat would love to hear from you. “

Network Meeting, 11 March 2021 @ 10.30am – Guest Speaker Sarah Mears, Libraries Connected

We also have a brief update about our next Network Meeting, Chaired by Richard Fowler, Community Managed Libraries Peer Network Trustee (and from the Harbury Village Library & Biblio’s Cafe) .

The meeting will take place on 11th March, our guest Speaker is Sarah Mears, Libraries Connected.

Sarah will share some thoughts on recovery/re-opening, safely restoring events and activities, and also share information about the Accreditation Framework for English Public Libraries. You can register for the Network Meeting HERE.

Thank you.

Updates from the Network

Colleagues, I hope you are all keeping well. Please see below for some updates, includes a Case Study from North Harrow Community Library. Keep safe as always.

Upcoming Event: St Helens Borough Council library Service, 27 January, 14.00 – 15.30pm

St Helens Borough Council Library Service in partnership with Arts Council England, Libraries Connected and The Audience Agency are hosting the latest in their successful Arts In Libraries Network sessions. With our attention turning towards life post-Covid, this session will focus specifically on what the library sector can do to encourage audiences to return safely to events at some point in the future. Led by freelance audience development expert – Helen Corkery who recently authored a report commissioned by St Helens Borough Council Library Service* exploring the needs of audiences in ‘The New Normal’. To find out more/book a place click HERE.

World Book Night – deadline for applications: 29 January 2021

There’s just one week left to apply to receive books to distribute on the 10th anniversary of World Book Night this year. Applications will close on Friday 29 January, so don’t miss your opportunity to get involved in the national giveaway.

In your application, select your top five choices from our fantastic list of Books to Make You Smile and say how you can reach people who don’t regularly read for pleasure or have access to books. Books will be be delivered in early April to be distributed on and around 23 April – APPLY NOW

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A CASE STUDY FROM: North Harrow Community Library Youtube Channel

North Harrow Community Library began its YouTube channel in May 2020, after having to close for the national lockdown. The impetus was to provide patrons and even those beyond our community in Harrow with some of the enrichment and events the library usually offers. When open, NHCL provided well-attended Story and Nursery Time sessions, clubs, and author events. Another element of the library that was lost with lockdown was the ability for patrons and volunteers to chat about books and recommend different reads to one another, something we felt was really important.

Since May, we’ve filmed, edited, and uploaded a variety of videos, including retellings of folktales for children, book recommendations and interviews with award-winning authors. These online videos can be accessed by all and the YouTube channel has been great in getting word of the library out further afield. We’ve had over 2,000 views from all over the world, from America to Saudi Arabia. The online interviewing and filming aspect means that we can run interviews with authors from wherever they are virtually and volunteers can contribute to the library whilst safely at home. The YouTube channel offers more opportunities for volunteers to help out with the library even if they can’t come into the physical space for whatever reason; volunteers offered their creative, filming and editing skills, finding new ways to interact with and support the library even whilst it was closed. Creating the YouTube channel provided our patrons with content and entertainment but also offered volunteers ways of feeling useful and connected as lockdown cut off other methods of community service.

Growing our online presence through the YouTube channel and our social media platforms has arguably also had knock-on effects in increased donations and buyers on eBay for our second-hand books. We noticed donations coming in on Fridays when we uploaded videos and do feel that the community was happy to give something in return for what the library was offering, even though we were shut at the time.

Running the YouTube channel requires time, a bit of creative problem solving and volunteers with a wide variety of skills to help out. The videos require people knowing how to film, to edit, and having creative ideas they’re willing to carry out. NHCL is blessed with talented volunteers who are happy to share their talents; people answered my calls for editors and ideas for videos with enthusiasm. Equally, authors were happy to get involved after being approached through email or social media. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without our strong family of volunteers.

Overall, the YouTube channel has meant that our patrons aren’t neglected during lockdown and that we remain a constant presence in their day-to-day lives, albeit virtually. It offers opportunities for our volunteers and has brought in tangible financial benefits as well, in the form of donations. A library can mean so much to so many different people in different ways, and we’re proud to have done our best for our patrons even during an incredibly difficult and topsy-turvy year.

North Harrow Community Library began its YouTube channel in May 2020, after having to close for the national lockdown. The impetus behind the channel was to provide patrons and even those beyond our community in Harrow with some of the enrichment and events the library usually offers. When open, NHCL provided well-attended Story and Nursery Time sessions, clubs, and author events. Another element of the library that was lost with lockdown was the ability for patrons and volunteers to chat about books and recommend different reads to one another, something we felt was really important.

Since May, we’ve filmed, edited, and uploaded a variety of videos, including retellings of folktales for children, book recommendations and interviews with award-winning authors. These online videos can be accessed by all and the YouTube channel has been great in getting word of the library out further afield. https://youtube.com/channel/UCuDm3M8bjQinUAm_8OEf76w

We’ve had over 2,000 views from all over the world, from America to Saudi Arabia. The online interviewing and filming aspect means that we can run interviews with authors from wherever they are virtually and volunteers can contribute to the library whilst safely at home. The YouTube channel offers more opportunities for volunteers to help out with the library even if they can’t come into the physical space for whatever reason; volunteers offered their creative, filming and editing skills, finding new ways to interact with and support the library even whilst it was closed. Creating the YouTube channel provided our patrons with content and entertainment but also offered volunteers ways of feeling useful and connected as lockdown cut off other methods of community service.

Growing our online presence through the YouTube channel and our social media platforms has arguably also had knock-on effects in increased donations and buyers on eBay for our second-hand books. We noticed donations coming in on Fridays when we uploaded videos and do feel that the community was happy to give something in return for what the library was offering, even though we were shut at the time.

Running the YouTube channel requires time, a bit of creative problem solving and volunteers with a wide variety of skills to help out. The videos require people knowing how to film, to edit, and having creative ideas they’re willing to carry out. NHCL is blessed with talented volunteers who are happy to share their talents; people answered my calls for editors and ideas for videos with enthusiasm. Equally, authors were happy to get involved after being approached through email or social media. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without our strong family of volunteers.

Overall, the YouTube channel has meant that our patrons aren’t neglected during lockdown and that we remain a constant presence in their day-to-day lives, albeit virtually. It offers opportunities for our volunteers and has brought in tangible financial benefits as well, in the form of donations. A library can mean so much to so many different people in different ways, and we’re proud to have done our best for our patrons even during an incredibly difficult and topsy-turvy year.

You can find our YouTube channel here: https://youtube.com/channel/UCuDm3M8bjQinUAm_8OEf76w

Ramya Jegatheesan