Success story library gets help with its recruitment
County council to help out current ‘staff’ by taking on volunteers
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