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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...

Supporting Jobseekers & Literacy Recovery

The Arts Council's Libraries Development Team has published two research documents which may be useful to Community Managed Libraries to explore. Click on the images below to find out more:             Reports provided by Arts Council England

Appointment of Network Manager

“Major Boost for Voluntary Network of Community Managed Libraries” Community Managed Libraries (CMLs) in England and Wales which provide free public library services complementary to those directly provided by Local Authorities start a new chapter next month with the...

Libraries as the Hub of the 21st Century Community

Greetings to all, and hope you are well. A few interesting updates to share:Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant, a report by Danny Kruger MBEIn July the Prime Minister asked Danny Kruger MBE for proposals to sustain the...

What Re-opening looks like in some CMLs and a call for Volunteers

I hope everyone is safe and well. Today we share re-opening plans in some CMLs, we also have a call for Volunteers and finally an update on the virtual Learning and Support Sessions. Re-opening - a picture of services in some CMLs Some CMLs are starting re-open and we...

A New Guide to Help Libraries Re-open and More

A New Guide to Help Libraries Re-open and More

Libraries Toolkit Libraries Connected published its toolkit to help libraries to reopen in July and to reintroduce their services gradually, in line with the latest public health advice. The safety and health of staff, volunteers and users are at the forefront, and...

Funding Opportunity – The Art Fund

Art Fund Launches Respond and Reimagine Grants The Art Fund is providing Respond and Reimagine grants to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and offer support to adapt and...

CMLS – RENEWAL/RECOVERY

Hello everyone. We hope you are all safe and well. The Network has been very busy recently: contributing to discussions at national level where we champion the voices/needs of CMLs; running bi-monthly virtual learning sessions; developing a CML database; undertaking...

New Dates for the Virtual Support Sessions and General Updates

Hello everyone. As always, I hope you are keeping well and safe. Many thanks to all who contributed to the DCMS and Arts Council surveys. We hope to share updates from the surveys when they become available. Today's edition covers Future dates for the Virtual Learning...

Capturing the Voice of CMLs

Dear Colleagues I hope you are all well and safe. Here are a few updates, please share with colleagues and in your networks. Arts Council England:  Arts Council England in partnership with DCMS and the Network have just launched a new survey to establish the impact of...

Virtual Catch Up

Hello Colleagues, I hope you are safe and well. A reminder that the first Virtual Support and Learning during COVID-19 hosted by David Smith, Chair of the Network, will take place tomorrow 16th April 2020 at 11.30am. If you plan to join the session tomorrow please...