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FOR BUSINESS SUPPORT IN THE MIDLANDS

The newly community run Silverdale Library is appealing for volunteers to help boost the service the library offers.

The library, in High Street, Silverdale, will be handed over to Business Enterprise Support from January.

Silverdale Library
BES CEO, Judith Kirkland, right, and Operations and Finance Director, Gemma Bee, right, sign the contract to take over management of the library.

BES is a not-for-profit company that has helped people start their own businesses for more than 30 years. It will take over the management of the library, while the day-to-day running of the library will be taken on by volunteers.

BES CEO Judith Kirkland OBE, explained what the company’s vision is for the library. She said: “First and foremost the library will remain open and continue to be a focal point for the Silverdale area.

“We know there was a huge amount of concern over its future and we are delighted that we are able to keep this vital piece of Silverdale open.

“Our vision for what we want this library to offer is something that we are very excited about. Due to our experience in helping start business we are going to re-launch Silverdale Library as Staffordshire’s first enterprise hub.

“We will have enterprise coaches based right here in the library, who will be on hand to offer support, guidance and financial help to the local community.”

BES is already running workshops from the building and there will be a dedicated zone for people to access books, literature and support on how to set up their own business – as well as services being brought into the building that are needed in the area.

Enterprise coach for Silverdale and the wider Newcastle area, Martin Russell, said: “As a business we already work closely with local communities and understand the kinds of pressures that people are facing.

“That is why, after speaking with local people and hearing the concerns that people have, that we will be offering everything from debt management advice to health visits.

“We want this library to be a place that can change people’s lives for the better and with the help of the community it will.”

BES officially takes over the management of the library in January 2017 and while there are a core group of volunteers more are needed to help develop the service further – as well as financial support.

Mrs Kirkland, said: “To make the library a viable and continuing part of the community we need volunteers to help run the day-to-day operations of the library.

“We have a team that are doing a fantastic job already, however, we want to increase opening times and the types of service that we can offer.

“We already have plans for sections of the library to appeal to different groups, including children, teenagers and local history enthusiasts. And we are also looking to introduce new groups such as a computer coding club and a baby group.

“To make all of that a reality we need local people and businesses to support in any way they can.

“If you think you can offer time, resources or money to the library then we would love to hear from you.”

For anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or donating resources or funds please email joeys@enterprisesupport.org or call 07792 352 320.