Power to Change and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government have commissioned Sheffield Hallam University to conduct research on assets in community ownership so that they can understand and better support the sector.
To make sure that community libraries are represented, we would be very grateful if you could complete this short survey to share your experiences. As a thank you for completing the survey you will be able to enter a prize a draw to win one of two £100 high street vouchers for your library.
The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It may help to have access to your latest financial accounts to help you with some of the questions; though estimates are also accepted for ease of completion.
Complete the questionnaire online at: Bit.ly/CommunityAssetSurvey
If you have any questions or issues when completing the survey please contact Cathy Harris via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (0114 225 6113).
We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and a big Welcome to 2019.
Many of you may already be aware of the Arts Council’s consultations which started in October 2018. The consultations end tomorrow – 2nd of January 2019.
A quick reminder to add your voice to the consultation document (https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/nexttenyears), to ensure the voice and needs of community managed libraries are fully embedded in their new strategy for 2020 – 2030.
Please note forthcoming learning events – the next session on Bid Writing is on 30th of January – remember to book a place now.
Wishing you all an enjoyable and successful 2019.
Thank you to everyone for your wonderful support in 2018. Below is a recap on some of the things we did or started in 2018:
- 1st CML Peer Network Conference, March 2018, Sheffield, over 70 attendees
- Over 90 people participated in 9 webinar/face to face sessions
- Further support from Power to Change to create a sustainable peer Network and a regional presence
- Work started to formalise our status, as a Charity
- Initial support by 4 students from CASS Business School to develop a membership model
More to look forward to in 2019, includes
- Practical Bid Writing Workshop, London, 30th January 2019
- Developing a robust Business Plan, 5 March 2019, venue TBC
- Community Engagement and Volunteers, 24 April 2019, venue North TBC
- The Law – Assets, Governance and Trustees, 4 June 2019 venue TBC
- Second CML Peer Network Conference
Plus some webinars on Community Businesses, Impact, Equality and Diversity and Business Development.
Thank you for your ongoing support and Merry Christmas and a Successful 2019.
The Bid Writing workshop planned for 30th of January 2019 at the Upper Norwood Library Hub (UNLH) in Crystal Palace, will now run as a WEBINAR from 11.00am to 12.15pm.
Facilitated by Sally Long, Chair of Cricklewood Community Library who have been successful in raising funds from different sources with support from Upper Norwood Library Hub..
You will learn more about what makes a good bid; lessons learnt from peers who have been successful/not successful with bids; budgets and some practical tools and ideas to help you improve/develop future bids and your bid writing skills.
You can book a place at this practical session @ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/practical-bid-writing-workshop-for-community-managed-libraries-tickets-53915014259
If you have any questions regarding the workshop or if you wish to learn more about the Community Managed Libraries Peer Network, please email email@example.com
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
As part of the Building Connections Fund Youth strand (in partnership with Government), the Co-op Foundation is inviting tenders from organisations with the right skills and expertise to deliver two key contracts to tackle youth loneliness by strengthening local youth services.
Two invitations to tenders opened on 6 November 2018, for:
Up to £85,000 (including VAT) to develop and support the ‘Belong’ Learning Network.
Up to £150,000 (including VAT) to develop a suite of resources aimed at improving the capabilities of youth workers and youth organisations to tackle loneliness.
Both contracts will run to the end of March 2021. Organisations can tender for one or both of these.
Tender responses must be submitted by midday on Monday 3 December 2018. Contracts will start in January 2019. Please visit the Coop Foundation’s website
for more information.
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
View the recording of the Back to Basics webinar:
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
View the recording of the Communications and Social Media webinar:
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.