Trustee vacancy

Would you like to make a real impact in your local community? Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust are looking to recruit two volunteer trustees to strengthen our existing team.

Who are we?

We are Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust – a local charity with a big impact. We benefit the communities of Sherburn in Elmet and surrounding villages by:

  1. Providing and developing the Community Library and Information Hub.
  2. Providing and maintaining the Old Girls’ School Community Centre.
  3. Acting as a co-ordinator to develop community projects such as the Sherburn Coronavirus Aid Group, who have helped hundreds of local residents through Covid 19.

What are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit two volunteer trustees to strengthen our existing team.

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. Our website can be viewed at sherburninelmetcommunitytrust.co.uk.

You will:

  • 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 managing two important local facilities as well as developing community resilience during Covid 19. You can play a part in continuing that success.

What’s in it for you?

Becoming a trustee is both a rewarding way to help your community and a way to learn fantastic new skills. It’s an invigorating and dynamic role, which puts you at the very heart of a charity and its work, liaising with a team of like-minded people.

Interested?

Please email info@siect.uk with brief details of yourself and we will get in touch.

Community Support Funding March 2021

Offering financial assistance to local volunteer groups who are recovering from the Covid-19 crisis.

During the Covid-19 crisis Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust have been the responsible body overseeing work done by Sherburn Coronavirus Aid Group and Sherburn Community Support Organisation to support our community.

Essential financial support has been provided by North Yorkshire County Council and Selby District Council, but we have been fortunate to receive donations from individuals and firms who recognised the importance of the work which was being done.

With the government setting out a roadmap for the easing of restrictions, we hope that 2021 will mark a strong recovery from this crisis. To help with that recovery we are using the remaining money donated to us to create a fund for community groups and organisations.

Applications for funding are welcome – please email info@siect.uk and we will send you a grant application form. Applications are limited to a maximum of £1000, but we want to help as many groups as possible, so smaller applications are encouraged. All applications must be submitted by 31st March 2021 and you will be notified of the outcome by Friday 16th April.

What expenditure is eligible?

Costs associated with recovering from the Covid-19 crisis. Reasonable items are likely to be:

  • Volunteer expenses (might be mileage, refreshments)
  • Cost of hosting re-opening/re-launch events to get people together again
  • PPE (gloves, sanitisers etc)
  • Cleaning/sanitary equipment/items
  • Administrative/marketing supplies (printing, stamps, stationery etc)
  • Equipment to enable delivery of services (e.g. social distance signage)

This list is not exhaustive, if you feel that you have a great idea and are not sure if it may be eligible for funding, please e-mail info@siect.uk for advice.

What is not eligible?

  • Personal payments or financial assistance of any kind.
  • Payment to businesses working in a voluntary capacity except to cover justifiable expenses (i.e. mileage)

Supporters

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust are hugely grateful for the wonderful work done by the many residents who volunteered to help during this crisis. Without their help the response would have been much less effective. We are also very grateful to all the individuals who donated to us, there are too many to list, but every one is appreciated.

Donations were also received from local businesses and we are pleased to acknowledge their support: Aldi, Al’s Tyres, ARC Workwear, BPB UK Service Centre, British Gypsum, Child & Co, Co-op, DWB Wealth Management, E-Burn Ltd, Elmet Kitchen, Fair Share Go, Jacksons, Northern Gas Networks, Oddfellows Arms, Rainforest Windows, Rolling Back the Years, Software2, Spar, C & G Starkey, Tesco.

Sherburn’s response to Coronavirus

A video organised by us at Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust and Sherburn Coronavirus Aid Group, funded by Selby District Council, has been produced to showcase the amazing work which has taken place over the last few months. This video shows the vital work that over 100 volunteers put into helping the community during the Covid-19 crisis.

Help for the residents of Sherburn in Elmet during the peak of the crisis included shopping, book loans, delivery of prescriptions, befriending and more. The group were also responisble for errecting the flags and banners around the village to say thank you the the NHS and keyworkers.

Video produced by local company Seven Video Productions.
Promoted by local company Creative Shed Agency.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Library update

We would like to welcome you back to Sherburn & Villages Community Library from Monday 12th April at 09.30 and our normal opening times thereafter.

We will be operating a Covid safe environment and will ask visitors to sanitise their hands and register their presence using the track and trace system upon entry. Visitors are also asked to wear face coverings whilst in the library and observe social distance from others.

During the time the library has been closed we have taken the opportunity to replace the lighting and carpets and alter the layout to give a brighter and fresher environment which we hope you will enjoy. The books available for you to borrow have been enhanced with lots of new ones to choose from.

If you still have books borrowed from the last time we were open please be assured that they will have been automatically renewed until the end of April.

Unfortunately at this time due to Covid restrictions we have to restrict the number of computers available for public use to 3 and if we have high demand use may be restricted to 45 minutes. Also at the moment we cannot offer other services such as assistance with IT problems and access to Council and advice services if that would require face to face support. We will always do our best to help if possible however. Also at this time we cannot offer study space, group activities or use of the toilet.

See our contact page for ways to get in touch and how to find us.

You may want to follow us on Facebook or Instagram for news and info.

Last updated: 10/04/2021


Online services

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Raise free donations for us when you shop online

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.

How it works

Watch this short video to find out how it works:

Sign up – no cost, no catch

  1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/35UNU8/ and join for free. Choose Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust as your cause.
  2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising.org.uk first to find the retailer and start shopping.
  3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will usually give us a small commission – the price you pay is the same!

Thank you!

Thanks for your support. Your small donations will add up and come directly to our bank account. You can see how much we’ve raised at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/sherburncommunitytrust/

Please note there may be other cashback sites that offer more generous rewards at times. Purchases with special discount codes don’t usually generate an easyfundraising donation.

You can also donate when you shop at Amazon using the smile.amazon.co.uk website.

Autumn 2017 Library Newsletter

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 sherburncommunitylibrary@gmail.com.

Progress at the Library – August 16

  • 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.

Library Business Plan

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.