A community run library in the Moorlands is appealing for more volunteers, in order to increase the opening hours, now shelf browsing and PC usage has resumed. And to help the appeal by Cheadle’s Community Library, some of its current volunteers have told us why they love volunteering at the community facility.
A community run library in the Moorlands is appealing for more volunteers, in order to increase the opening hours, now shelf browsing and PC usage has resumed.
And to help the appeal by Cheadle’s Community Library, some of its current volunteers have told us why they love volunteering at the community facility.
A spokesperson for the library said: “We have an excellent core of volunteers who are all very happy who kept the library open on reduced hours during the last lockdown, to deliver the foyer service.
“Unfortunately, at this stage we can’t increase our opening hours, until we can recruit more volunteers. The pandemic drastically reduced the number of volunteers who are able to return. As some are still shielding and others are helping to take care of children and other members of the family.”
More than 800 people already volunteer in libraries across Staffordshire, with 22 of those libraries being managed by volunteer groups.
People of all ages volunteer for many different reasons, examples include: Making new friends, developing new skills and giving back to the community.
Betty James a volunteer at Cheadle Library said: “I can only say that we need to keep the library going, so many people rely on it and its part of our community, we’ve got to support it or lose it, that can’t be allowed to happen.”
The spokesman for the library said that volunteering can be “incredibly rewarding.” They said: “It can help a number of people to combat mental health problems and prepare them to re-enter the workplace.
“Older people who have retired, find that volunteering is a way to stay active while doing something they consider meaningful.”
Volunteer Diane Platt said: “Two years after taking redundancy, my family began to worry that I’d lost my ‘spark.’
“I had started to feel in a bit of a rut, with some weeks barely leaving the house.
“Now my confidence has returned, I have learned new skills and met wonderful new people.
“All this because I became a volunteer at Cheadle library who made me feel so welcome.”
Diane Gadsby said about volunteering: “It’s a happy place to work, other colleagues have a good sense of humour.
“You are able to fit your volunteering around your life and the work is as varied as you want it to be.”
The library spokesman continued: “If you’re interested in signing up, but don’t feel that confident, don’t worry as no experience is necessary. Training will be given by a mentor and volunteers always work in pairs, so there’s always someone there to help.
“While volunteers for desk duties are needed the most, in order to build up the library opening hours, in the near future, there will also be opportunities for people interesting in becoming IT Buddies and helping with family history research.”
Cheadle Community Library would like to hear from anyone able to spare a few hours a week. They can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and application forms can be collected from the library, or downloaded from the library website at www.cheadlecommunitylibrary.org.uk.
The current library opening hours are: Monday 1pm-5pm, Wednesday 9am-1pm and Friday 9am-1pm.
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