Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust seeks to recruit a new Trustee as Treasurer (this is an unpaid position).
The Community Trust manage two buildings. The historic Old Girls’ School, built in 1876, was saved from probable demolition and in September 2018 opened as a Community Centre. This was mainly due to the Community Trust’s successful bid for Lottery Funding. The Centre, which provides a variety of facilities for our growing population. employs a Manager, two Co-ordinators, a cleaner and a caretaker, all supported by a Management Group. We also manage the library which was likely to close unless it became a community library, staffed and run by volunteers. In April 2017 we opened our doors as Sherburn & Villages Community Library with a team of 70 volunteers. We have been successful in providing more than just books with services, meeting space, social and recreational activity and a community hub, servicing Sherburn and the surrounding area. We also employ a Community Development Manager who is responsible for maintaining community services and the production of a community newsletter which is published 6 times per annum.
Our Board of Trustees recently undertook a skills audit and
identified the need for a Trustee with financial or accounting experience, who
can provide an overview of the organisation’s affairs and ensure its financial
viability. Trustees attend monthly meetings,
with the Treasurer required to submit a monthly report of the Trusts’ finances.
The responsibilities will include:
Oversee the financial responsibilities of the Trusts’ commitments
Prepare budgets and accounts for three ledgers, including forecasts for the financial resources required for current and future needs
Ensure the Board of Trustees is aware of its financial responsibilities and appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
Preparing financial accounts for three ledgers
Ensure the accounts and financial systems are audited as required by law and the Charities Commission
Liaise with the volunteer Bookkeeper who administers the general finances of the Trust
Liaise with the auditors/independent examiners
The Trust is financially secure, with both facilities
proving to be very successful in meeting forecasts and budgets. The Trust meets once a month, on an evening,
with Trustees providing a number of skill sets to the benefit of the Trust and
the Community it serves.
The Trustees are all committed to the success of the
Community Centre and the Library and are passionate that they will continue to
flourish and be a success. This is an
opportunity to join an enthusiastic group, where members are encouraged to
participate in open discussions for the benefit of the future of the facilities
and the local community.
To express an interest in this role or find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Charity Reg.No: 1166770.
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 email@example.com.
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.