A connected society – Strategy for Tackling Loneliness

Strategy for tackling loneliness was published on 15 October 2018, it is the first strategy for tackling loneliness in England.

You can read about the strategy here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/748212/6.4882_DCMS_Loneliness_Strategy_web.pdf

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Funding Opportunity

NESTA’s Amplified aimed at UK’s cultural and creative community

On 2nd October 2018, NESTA launched Amplified which offers funding and support to develop digital ideas that improve the lives of others.

Aimed at cultural and creative organisations, not-for-profit or commercial, to come up with a digital idea that addresses a social challenge and produces a social benefit. Your idea can be local or global, as long as it has a real world benefit.  Ideas need to be both original and impactful to make it past the first stage of the application process.

To find out more visit:  https://www.nesta.org.uk/project/amplified/

Back to Basics – Webinar Recording

View the recording of the Back to Basics webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8938414196116359170

This Webinar was delivered by Darrell Porter, Sheffield Libraries. The webinar will cover

  • Building a positive working relationship with the local authority

  • Developing an understanding of what it is like to work/voluneer in a library

  • The need to understand the shape your service will take

  • The importance of developing a strong committee and a solid base of volunteers (including training)

  • Consulting with your community and working to get them on board with the library

  • Getting connected with other Community Managed Libraries

  • Universal Offers

 

Communications and Social Media – Webinar Recording

View the recording of the Communications and Social Media webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1288783046265762818

This two hour webinar facilitated by Julia Chandler, Communications Lead, Libraries Taskforce and Leigh Ogden, Programme Development Manager, Upper Norwood Library Hub is open to staff, volunteers, trustees, people who work in/support community managed libraries, independent libraries and those who receive local authority support and trusts and communities aspiring to implement community managed libraries. The session offers:

  • Practical hints and tips for promoting your library
  • Insights into digital channels

The session is also informed by examples and learning from the CML sector, helping participants and their organisations devise and implement effective communication and social media strategies.

 

Community Engagement and Volunteering – Webinar Recording

View the recording of the Community Engagement and Volunteering webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4971713791733530371

The webinar was facilitated by Kathryn Roper, Membership Developer at Locality and is open to staff, volunteers, trustees, people who work in/support community managed libraries, independent libraries and those who receive local authority support and trusts and communities aspiring to implement community managed libraries.  The session will focus on

Community Engagement

  • Harnessing community support
  • Involving your community in decision making
  • Planning
  • Managing community challenges/issues
  • Social media/communication
  • Fundraising

Volunteering

  • Recruitment and selection of volunteers
  • Working with volunteers
  • Sompe practical tools/tips
  • Learning from others’ experience
  • Involving volulnteers in strategic decision making
  • Volunteer strategy

The session is also informed by live case studies, learning and experiences from the CML sector, helping paticipants and their organiations devise and implement effective community engagement and volunteering plans, processes and strategies.

Business Planning – Webinar Recording

View the recording of the Business Planning webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5161198128147833355

The webinar was facilitated by John Dawson @ Locality and is aimed at aspiring, developing and advanced Community Managed Libraries looking to create a dynamic and robust business plan for their organisation.  The session will explore the following:

  • Viability not Liability
  • Understanding the value of Community Assets
  • The main components of your business plan 
  • Using a Balanced Scorecard approach   
  • The finances – key concepts   
  • Managing Risk   
  • Q/A

At the end of the session you will be able to write a strong purpose for your plan, develop core values, lock down a 1 – 3 year vision, define how you want your organisation to be viewed both internally and externally, identify critical success factors and establish a clear road map for your organisation.

Community Asset Transfer (CAT) – Webinar Recording

View the recording of the Community Asset Transfer webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6819594813704819457

This two hour webinar on Community Asset Transfer (CAT) explores:

  • The context – what’s happening nationally?

  • The basics – asset or liability?

  • Understanding your community and its needs

  • Get legally organised

  • Understand the CAT process in your area

  • The business plan

  • To own or lease?

  • Q/A

The webinar was hosted by Stephen Rolph, Head of Community Enterprise and Assets.  Locality are well known experts in the area of CAT.