Employing a Community Development Manager to coordinate and develop community projects. One current example is Sherburn Coronavirus Aid Group, who have helped hundreds of local residents, have worked through the Community Trust.
What are we looking for?
We are looking to recruit two volunteer trustees to strengthen our existing team. We are particularly looking for people with either Finance or HR skills.
This means attending monthly trustee meetings, contributing to the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring we are carrying out our charitable objectives and managing our resources, and supporting our small team of staff and volunteers.
be numerate and computer literate
have good communication skills
be committed to your local community
understand and accept the responsibilities and liabilities of being a trustee
be able to meet the minimum time commitment of 12 trustee meetings per year.
What difference will you make?
We were formed in 2016 and have been successfully running two important local facilities. You can play a part in continuing that success.
What’s in it for you?
You will share your skills and experience and make a real impact on your local community. You will work with a friendly team of dedicated people and develop transferable skills, improve your CV and broaden your experience.
Please email email@example.com with brief details of yourself and we will get in touch.
From Tuesday 21st July Sherburn & Villages Community Library will return to our usual opening hours.
We have altered the layout to create a lot more space and a one way system that should enable both our volunteers and customers to feel safe maintaining social distance.
You will be able to borrow books and audio books as always and make use of our computers and free WiFi, although spaces will be limited. If you need any photocopying, scanning or printing please ask a volunteer and they will do it for you.
We will not at the moment be able to offer all of the help and advice, group activities and access to council and other services that we previously did but we will be looking to get completely back to normal as soon as we can.
Should you still feel uncomfortable coming into the library why not take advantage of our Select and Collect service? Give us a ring, tell us what you like to read and we can select books for you and arrange a time when you can come and collect them from outside the door.
We also operate a Home Delivery Service for those of you who are unable to get to the library for whatever reason. Contact us and we will visit you to discuss your preferences and arrange for a volunteer to deliver them to you on regular basis.
Please see our opening times page to confirm opening days and times, how to find us and how to get in touch.
Any items already on loan have automatically been extended to 1st September, so there is no need to rush back to return.
We look forward to welcoming you back and thank our volunteers for their continued support. Please keep checking this page or our Facebook page for updates. See our contact page for ways to get in touch.
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When Co-op members shop with at their local store, 1% of what they spend on selected Co-op branded products and services goes to support local causes through their Local Community Fund.
This year Sherburn & Villages Community Library is one of the causes to benefit and on Saturday 23rd November they were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £4150 by Co-op staff.
Paul Doherty, who chairs Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust and the Library Management Group, commented “The Co-op have always been great supporters of local causes and we were delighted to receive this cheque which helps to ensure the future of our local library, which is a great community asset”.
Start your online shopping at easyfundraising, and you could earn a small donation for Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust which we’ll use to keep the Old Girls’ School running. It doesn’t cost you any extra.
Sherburn & Villages Community Library
It’s now just over six months since our library changed and became a Community Library. We are delighted that the 70 residents who we recruited to run the library are continuing to enjoy their volunteering as they are absolutely critical to keeping our library open.
So what’s it like to volunteer at the library? It takes a while to get your bearings. In a 9 to 5 job within a few weeks you have built up over one hundred hours of experience. As a volunteer working one morning or afternoon per week, building up that experience takes a bit longer. Most volunteers have commented that they had no idea of the wide range of facilities offered by the library.
One major activity for us has been the Summer Reading Challenge – an annual event designed to introduce young children to the pleasures of reading. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic parents and children and we signed up nearly four hundred children – a great achievement in our first year.
We have run successful events over half term, with crafts for children, themed around Hallowe’en. For Christmas we are running a craft fair with local crafters on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 12.30pm. We are also having a postbox for children to write a letter to Santa, all replies will be posted on a notice board. Santa himself will be making an appearance in his special grotto from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 16th December.
It’s still early days but we have got through a potentially tricky initial period and can look forward with a fair bit of optimism. Libraries are changing and evolving and the intention is that Sherburn Library will become a Community Hub offering a wide range of information and becoming the reference point for information about what is happening in our community.
If you have never visited the library or haven’t been for a long time then do please call and say hello. We do much more than just books and with help and support from all our stakeholders we can continue to develop as a vital part of our community.
We are keen to promote local news and events. If you would like to get in touch please contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Yorks County Council has accepted our business plan to take over the Library.
We have agreed the area which we will be able to have in the Library building as we will be sharing the space with the Children’s Centre and the 0-19 Prevention Team. We expect a draft lease from NYCC in September.
We will be looking to recruit volunteers over the period up to Christmas.
We hope to be able to open the Library on Friday afternoons in February and March, following volunteer training in January.
We are on course to take over the Library from 1st April 2017.
The Trust submitted its Business Plan to North Yorkshire County Council in June.
It was considered by the Assessment Panel on the 7th July who recommended that the Council should now proceed with detailed negotiations with the Trust to take over responsibility for the library.
The panel commented that they were impressed with the Plan and it’s accompany appendices, which demonstrate the ambition of the group for the library and the local community, recognising that a library is more than just the books.