Suc­cess story li­brary gets help with its re­cruit­ment

County coun­cil to help out cur­rent ‘staff’ by tak­ing on vol­un­teers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A LI­BRARY run by vol­un­teers has proved to be such a suc­cess that the county coun­cil has agreed to help it gain more re­cruits.

Ger­rards Cross Li­brary, in Sta­tion Road, faced clo­sure two years ago after Bucks County Coun­cil an­nounced that, due to bud­get cuts, it would be un­able to con­tinue to pro­vide the ser­vice.

Be­cause of this, a team of six peo­ple from Ger­rards Cross, who were de­ter­mined to see the li­brary re­main open, formed a com­mit­tee and be­gan the process of turn­ing the site into a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

Vol­un­teers were re­cruited to help run the site and a host of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties have been or­gan­ised to at­tract more peo­ple of all ages to use the site.

As well as this, they man­aged the bud­get, learned how to run a li­brary and the IT sys­tem and trained vol­un­teers.

The com­mit­tee has proved so suc­cess­ful in re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers that it no longer has to do this. The county coun­cil is w in the process of ting fu­ture vol­un­teers

board and will be ok­ing for peo­ple to ke on spe­cific roles ere, such as teach­ing asses in dif­fer­ent fields. Com­mit­tee mem­ber at Peck, of Wind­sor oad, said: “It’s been a al suc­cess story. “The com­mit­tee came ogether be­cause we elieved that Ger­rards Cross should have a li­brary and we didn’t want to see it shut.

“It was a lot of work. Some of us went along to Bea­cons­field Li­brary to see how run­ning a li­brary would work and there was a lot of or­gan­i­sa­tion in­volved.

“It’s been very sat­is­fy­ing to see how suc­cess­ful it has been.

“The peo­ple of Ger­rards Cross have been so sup­port­ive and have re­ally em­braced the li­brary.”

The com­mit­tee con­sists of Wil­liam Sk­er­ritt, Charlie Lis­ter, Chris Bayliss, John Glas­son, Peter Foun­tain and Mrs Peck.

The li­brary will now work as a mix­ture of the vol­un­teer-run set-up with the county coun­cil be­ing in charge of re­cruit­ing ex­tra vol­un­teers when needed.

Mrs Peck says that she be­lieves it will be the best of both worlds.

She said: “It’s re­ally good news for the li­brary and it’s very pleas­ing to see what a suc­cess it has been.”

(Above) Li­brary man­ager Lor­raine Sur­ridge with staff and vol­un­teers; (left) Ger­rards Cross Li­brary

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