New volunteering opportunities at Peasedown Community Library

Peasedown St John’s Community Library has launched a recruitment campaign to sign-up more volunteers.

The library, which has seen a huge growth in service users since the end of lockdown, is part of B&NES Council’s network of community services.

Libraries, like other essential services, were allowed to stay open during lockdown ensuring that people had access to reading material and information.

Cllr Karen Walker is the Operations Manager at the Library. She said:

“For a small community library with just 700 books we’re definitely punching above our weight!

Over 200 people used our services last month. Not only is reading enjoyable, but it’s also good for our mental health too. It reduces stress, is therapeutic and keeps our brains active.”

The Library is looking for new Volunteer Librarians who will help with sorting books, collecting books from visitors, and generally offering help to those who use the services. Full training will be given.

Peasedown Community Library is located at The Hive Community Centre (formerly the Youth Centre), Bath Road, Peasedown St John, BA2 8DH.

Opening days are:

• Mondays: 11am – 3pm

• Wednesdays: 2pm – 4pm

• Saturdays: 10am – 1pm

Peasedown Community Library is part of the Peasedown Community Trust, which runs several projects in the village. Trust Chairman, Gavin Heathcote, added:

“Peasedown Library is part of the Libraries West consortium, which means that if you take a book out from us you can return it to any library across the South West of England, and vice versa.

Volunteering with us means you’re part of a huge network of people across the country helping to provide a valuable service to those in our communities.”

For more information about volunteering and to sign-up email Cllr Karen Walker at [email protected] or visit their Facebook page here.