Community Engagement and Volunteering Workshop in Sheffield 30 April 2019

The Community Managed Libraries (CML) Peer Network is hosting a workshop in Community Engagement and Volunteering on 30th of April 2019 at the Sheffield Library.  The session will be facilitated by Peter Ranken from the Archibald Corbett Community Library and other CML Peer Network colleagues.

The session uses real life learning, case examples, group exercises and best practice from community managed libraries and elsewhere. It shares tools and strategies for effective community engagement; walks you through the volunteering resource developed by Archibald Corbett and some resources from the Libraries Taskforce, and covers approaches to recruiting, developing, sustaining volunteers plus some succession management strategies. The session also explores ways to embed diversity and inclusion into community engagement and volunteering activities.

A short Network Meeting will be held at the end of the session to introduce you to the Community Managed Libraries Peer Network, some of the work we are doing/planning, our evolving membership programme and how to get involved.

The session is Free and you can book your place through Eventbrite using this link: 

We look forward to welcoming as many of you to our Workshop and Network Meeting.



Libraries Taskforce Evaluation Workshops

The Libraries Taskforce is running a series of workshops on evaluations facilitated by The Audience Agency, a national audience development consultancy and independent not-for-profit organisation, these workshops will support you in building an understanding of:

  • what evaluation is (and what it isn’t!)
  • why evaluation is important
  • how it can help you achieve your aims
  • how to do it effectively

Using presentation of good practice and case studies, discussions and shared learning, and creative task-based exercises, the workshops will address the challenges and explore the benefits of embedding evaluation in the work of libraries, including strategic planning and project delivery.


  • 18 March – Exeter Library (Rougemont Room)
  • 22 March – Newcastle City Library (Bewick Hall)
  • 27 March – Idea Store Whitechapel, London (Conference Room)

Sessions run from 10.00-16.00 (with a start time of 10.30 to allow for registration and for everyone to get a coffee and network beforehand). Lunch and refreshments will also be provided – when booking your place on eventbrite please make sure to include any dietary requirements.

To Book:  register via the Eventbrite pages.  If you have any further queries about the events, please email

The Bright Ideas Fund is now Live

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000.

The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

The Fund is now open for applications, closing on Tuesday 9 April 2019.

There will be additional funding rounds in:
• August – September 2019,
• February 2020 – April 2020,
• August – September 2020,
• February 2021 – March 2021.

Bright Ideas Fund webinar

To understand what the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is about and whether you can apply, why not join the Webinar on Wednesday 13 March 2019 from 11am – 12pm. Use the link below to register for the webinar:

The webinar will run through what the programme offers, the criteria, application process, it will also have examples of what has been funded in previous rounds.