Council seeks more volunteers for libraries

Stimulated by researching the opening of Norbury Library in 1931

see my posting on protecting Croydon’s pioneering libraries at:

We may not know the outcome of the Library Review until the end of the year according to Allan Nimmo, Croydon Council’s Contracts and Development Manager for Libraries, in response to my questioning when the outcome would be going to the Cabinet and whether it will be subject to pre-Scrutiny. He has replied: ‘We are waiting – but still developing ideas – for guidance on what goes where and when. It should be clearer after the summer break.  I suspect we will go to scrutiny first but at this stage we are not sure when. But hopefully by the end of the year. We continue to work with all our libraries to get the best from them  for our entire community.’

Meanwhile Allan has emailed those who responded to the Library Review consultation held earlier this year, and expressed interest in volunteering.

  • 1216 people joined in, of which 167 filled in paper copies.
  • The highest group completing online were the over 65s
  • The highest ward responses were from  – Ashburton, Shirley, Coulsdon East, Addiscombe  and Sanderstead.
  • There were focus groups sessions targeted at groups undertaking other activities- older people at Age UK, English learners at the Clocktower and young people from Croydon Youth Arts Collective, and containing both users and non-users of the existing library service
  • Very useful feedback from children at a local primary school – that was the work I did with Year 6 pupils  at Norbury Manor.

‘All of the feedback we received from the engagement will be used with a range of other information around community needs and current usage to help develop our plans for the future library service.

‘All of the feedback we received from the engagement will be used with a range of other information around community needs and current usage to help develop our plans for the future library service.

‘We have many amazing opportunities for volunteers that can help support our staff and really make a difference to the service we already provide for our customers.

Our wide range of volunteering options include meeting and greeting customers who visit the library – an increasingly important role in tackling isolation and loneliness – supporting adults with IT and writing CVs, helping children with their homework and reading skills, LEGO Education and coding clubs and a wide range of activities aimed at the under-five’s.

But I also know, from your responses, that many of you are interested in developing new activities in your library including specialist book clubs, craft activities and friendship clubs. All would add extra value to the existing services.

We’re looking for more enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in making a positive change in their community. Energetic individuals who can join our existing team of fantastic hard working people and bring added value to our wide range of services.

If you feel this is something you could do then please contact Siobhan Endean our volunteer co-ordinator at for an application form and role profile or pop into your local library to discuss volunteering opportunities in your area.’


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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One Response to Council seeks more volunteers for libraries

  1. Pingback: What Future for Norbury Library? – Norbury Watch

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