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National Social Prescribing Day

National Social Prescribing Day

If you are planning to celebrate your Social Prescribing Achievements on the day please do let us know. It would also be great to hear from you if you would like to tell us about any Social Prescribing activities in your library, as we will soon be starting our Social...

Cobbett Community Library

Cobbett Community Library

Cobbett Community Library in Southampton has found new partners who will run not only the library, but the community hub, from their centre. The Awaaz Radio Station are currently trialling new opening hours for the library, and have some exciting plans ahead for the...

The Court Funds Office (CFO)

The Court Funds Office (CFO)

Changes have been made to how the Court Funds Office (CFO) holds unclaimed funds. From 01 June 2024 any account that has been held with no activity for 30 years or more will be surrendered and any future right to claim will be extinguished. We believe that users of...

New Years Honours 2024 – Richard Fowler

New Years Honours 2024 – Richard Fowler

We congratulate Richard Fowler, a former trustee of Community Libraries Network, for receiving a British Empire Medal for his firm commitment to voluntary public service. Richard was instrumental in developing Harbury Village Library & Biblio's Café into a vibrant...

Join the Great Winter Get Together

Join the Great Winter Get Together

For many, winter can be a lonely time, with shorter days and cold weather making it harder to find opportunities to socialise and make new connections. We’d love for you to connect your community with a Great Winter Get Together event. 12-15 January 2024 will be a...

Three Curry’s gift cards up for grabs

Three Curry’s gift cards up for grabs

The Good Things Foundation DI Network survey is now live - and in just 10 minutes you can have the chance to win one of three Curry’s vouchers, just by telling them what you think! As a valued member of the National Digital Inclusion Network, they want to know more...

Warm Welcome Volunteers Map

Warm Welcome Volunteers Map

Warm Welcome is partnered with Rotary Great Britain and Ireland as they continue to share their expertise in working with volunteers and encouraging their own network of local clubs to support Warm Welcome Spaces nationwide. They have recently launched a new...

The Great Winter Get Together

The Great Winter Get Together

Winter doesn’t have to be lonely. From 12-15 January 2024, Great Winter Get Together events will be places where people can go to find meaningful connection and community, inspired by Jo Cox. The upcoming Great Winter Get Together will take place 12-15 January 2024....

Creative Health Quality Framework

The Framework shows what “good” looks like for creative and cultural initiatives that aim to support people’s health and wellbeing and aims to support artists and practitioners. Developed by Culture Health Wellbeing Alliance and Creative Health consultant Jane Willis...

Get Online Week Giveaway

Get Online Week Giveaway

Good Things Foundation are offering 500 free printed event packs given to the first 500 organisations who register their Get Online Week event on a first come, first served basis. Find out more

National Business Response Network

National Business Response Network

Business in the Community Linking businesses with voluntary organisations could be useful for you. In particular, their National Business response Network may be able to help your library as it provides vital support to local people; help can include operational...

Warm Welcome Spaces: New Look, New Voice

Warm Welcome Spaces: New Look, New Voice

New Look, New Voice Warm Welcome Spaces have listened to feedback from partners and spaces about how the brand worked last year and wanted to create a refreshed brand that’s easy to use, accessible and better reflects the warmth and welcome that you provide for local...

LibraryOn – Talking to Customers

LibraryOn – Talking to Customers

LibraryOn are scheduling interviews with customers who can help to tell the story of the wonderful things libraries offer. They’re doing this as part of their work to update content ahead of LibraryOn’s autumn release. They’d like to speak to customers who would be...

Help for Households – Activity Map

Help for Households – Activity Map

A list of free and low cost England-wide activities between June and September, as part of the government's Help for Households campaign. For more information on the support available during the rising cost of living, please click the link...

Sensory Toys Success at Harbury Village Library Harbury Village Library has shared with us their recent success in securing funding from their local WI to purchase a collection of sensory toys to support young library users who are neurodiverse. The library was...

Welcome Jane Swindall!

Welcome Jane Swindall!

Jane joins the team as the Regional Network Co-ordinator for South West, West Midlands, East Midlands & Wales. Jane has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 17 years, focusing mainly on digital inclusion, partnerships, education and community...