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Community Ownership Fund – Round 4

Community Ownership Fund – Round 4

Round 4 is the final round of the fund. There will be 2 more bidding windows to allocate the remaining funding. Round 4 Window 1 is now open and will close on 10 April 2024.​ Round 4 Window 2 will open in late May. Specific timings for the final window will be...

CMLNPN Working Groups

CMLNPN Working Groups

Digital Inclusion Working Group The group have so far received 33 responses to the survey asking CMLs what kind of digital support they already provide and what they would like to learn more about. You can still provide your response by going to our Google form. We...

The Big Lunch 2024

The Big Lunch 2024

Since 2009, The Big Lunch has been bringing millions of people together to share friendship, food and fun in their communities. This year they’re dishing up ideas to help make it the greenest Big Lunch yet, and have launched brand new resources to help get the party...

The Great Get Together

The Great Get Together

The Great Get Together (21-23 June 2024) is the UK’s annual celebration of everything that unites our communities, inspired by Jo Cox’s belief that we have more in common than that which divides us. The need to celebrate unity and to reject division is as relevant now...

Utility Aid

Utility Aid

Utility Aid work with charities & libraries around the UK to help them reduce their energy bills by offering them a few specialised services they can take advantage of. They are in partnership with the NCVO, ACRE,NALC, the SLCC and many more and are currently...

Cobbett Road Community Library, Southampton

Cobbett Road Community Library, Southampton

Exciting news for the Cobbett Road Community Library in Southampton, which has been closed since the start of 2021!    Awaaz Community Radio, supported by their sister station Fiesta FM, have been given a 5 year lease to run the “Cobbett Road Hub”, and will be...

Convention of the North

Convention of the North

Community Libraries Network were pleased to have an invite to attend the Convention of the North – hosted by West Yorkshire Metro Mayor Tracy Brabin in Leeds on Friday March 1st 2024. The event is a collaboration between all Metro Mayors across the north and keynote...

Help make digital a reality for all

Help make digital a reality for all

These days, so much of our lives happen online. We bank, find jobs, access essential services and connect with each other digitally. But what if you didn’t have access to the internet? Good Things Foundation is the digital inclusion charity and their latest campaign,...

Heating and Meeting

Heating and Meeting

Lessons in Social Innovation from the Warm Welcome Campaign David Barclay reflects on what we have learned so far form the Warm Welcome Spaces campaign and where it might be heading in 2024 and beyond. Find out more

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...