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Fighting for access to libraries for the children of the future… - Benchmark Recruit, Sheffield

Fighting for access to libraries for the children of the future…

Sheffield City Council has announced that our under threat local libraries will move into community control. This includes Totley library that our Director Louisa has been campaigning to save.

Since October 2013 Louisa and a team of volunteers have been campaigning hard to keep their local library open. This has involved many public meetings, hundreds of consultation response forms being completed, countless petitions being handed in from residents and school children, a children’s survey about how the closure would affect local children’s future, and the creation of a group of trustees to devise a business plan of how to run the library as a community resource.

Louisa commented:

“Firstly, I have to say a big thank you and congratulations to the amazing, local residents that have stepped up to the plate. Countless volunteers have put in an incredible effort to ensure our library stays open. Delivering leaflets, signing petitions, attending council meetings, attending public meetings, organising fundraisers and just generally being positive about the future of our community resource.

Our hard campaigning forced the Council to review its proposals and offer concessions that we think will make our plans workable.

The future now is in the hands of the local people, so far 108 people have registered as volunteers to assist with running the library and maintaining the building and grounds.  August and September will be spent training individuals with a view to taking over from September 29th.

Louisa added “I became involved because I firmly believe that every child in the city should be encouraged to develop a love of learning and reading, it is essential for their future, and they have a right to access that public service wherever they live”.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local community group and volunteer, every little helps and one thing this campaign has shown us is that together we are stronger!

 

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