What better way to spend a cold, dreary January day than sprucing up Spondon Library!
Spondon Library is one of a total of ten Derby libraries that are, or will become, community managed by the end of February 2020 and be run by Direct Help & Advice in partnership with Community Action and Citizens’ Advice South Derbyshire and Derby City.
Spondon Library’s Steering Group - who are all volunteers - thought that the library would benefit from a makeover to brighten it up, particularly the children’s reading area, so the challenge was on to find the means and the manpower to make it happen!
As luck would have it The Volunteer Centre at Community Action Derby has lots of experience in not only matching volunteers to organisations but also groups of volunteers from businesses to specific tasks for community organisations - known as Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV).
One local employer that runs an ESV scheme and was looking for such a project was Network Rail who had contacted Kate in the Volunteer Centre to offer the services of a group of employees to a good cause. And so the match was made! All that was needed to complete the project was paint and materials and thanks to John - a library volunteer who took the lead on the painting project - Brewers Decorator Centre in Derby very kindly donated paint, rollers, trays and poles.
And as you can see from the pictures the team worked very hard to complete the makeover in a day!
A huge thank you to Adam, Jacob, Lewis and Anthony from Network Rail, all of the volunteers and steering group at Spondon Library, staff at DHA and Community Action, and Brewers Decorator Centre who made the makeover possible.