It’s been so good to work with the team, we’ve got such shared aims, we’re working for the same target audience for very similar outcomes. Having some activity to offer works for me, it’s good to be able to offer the people I support something. And to be part of shaping what that looks like is great.
Braunstone Town Community Library
‐ Local Area Coordinator, Braunstone
Volunteering makes me feel like I’m giving, contributing and I feel valued.
I enjoyed being part of a team to reach an end goal which is to make people happy and safe where they live. Integration of the community and to enable social harmony within the community. I love the coffee morning and to help out generally.
‐ Participant /Volunteer
By being involved with the project I feel happier and am busier.
‘Inspiring Communities to Connect’
The team at Braunstone Town Community Library worked collaboratively with their community and local partners to develop strands of creative and cultural activity that brought people together. They created volunteering opportunities with each strand of activity that helped individuals to develop skills, build confidence and improve their wellbeing.
At the heart of this activity was the library, a community hub, offering a meeting place for people of all backgrounds and of all ages to connect, create and share together.
Families enjoyed ‘Artist in Residence’ sessions, created and delivered by our partners BabyGigs with support from Library Activity Volunteers. Families had the opportunity to connect with each other and the local community on a wildlife and heritage trail. Activities also linked in with the theme of Leicestershire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge and supported library book issues and joining figures.
Vinyl and Art
‘Vinyl and Art’ weekly sessions provided participants with the opportunity to come together to try out new art-based activities, such as visual art, yoga and creative writing – all to the sound of the library’s record player which created a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.
Grow and More
‘Grow and More’ workshops encouraged participants to take a moment, have some space, and to chat to new and old friends whilst planting and connecting with nature in the library and garden. Together the group explored what ‘more’ could be and enjoyed a wellbeing walk to the community orchard, foraging and flower pressing.
Spring Celebration Event
Participants from both projects planned, organised and led on a Spring Celebration Event for the whole community, running a range of creative and wellbeing activities – the piano was even rolled out and played by local artists.
Many of the participants were referred by the Local Area Coordinator and for some it was the first time they’d connected with others in their community or visited the library. It was truly wonderful to see new friendships form and confidence grow.
The project has empowered these participants to volunteer and set up legacy groups in the library, this project really has inspired its community to connect. Braunstone Town Library is once again a thriving hub!
For more information or to get involved contact:
Braunstone Town Community library
Tel: 0116 482 0159