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SeeJobGroup | 21 January 2013
Community Job Group @ Southend Central Library 2012 Pilot Group feedback report - success of first year of employment skills project. There is also a very positive testimonial from someone who has successfully used this service.
Building on Success - Six Book Challenge 2012 | 10 September 2012
Southend Libraries' report of the 2012 Six Book Challenge, in which they worked in partnership with Southend Adult Community College, (SACC) Rethink Recovery Point, Milton Community Partnership, Shared Space and the Supported Volunteering project (SAVS).
Developments following the course, "Improving our services for blind and partially sighted people: implementing the Six Steps and more" | 28 August 2012
Lots of activities were carried out across LibrariesWest as a result of and inspired by the seminar, including:
- Drop in sessions at Thornbury and Downend libraries (South Gloucestershire) to provide guidance to visually impaired people on zero and low-cost access to computers, with opportunities to try i-readers, access books using magnification, audio, e-readers and e-audio
- A talk at Burnham Library (Somerset) about the work of the National Blind Children’s Society which gave an insight into how they produce books in large print on demand for children as well as other work they are involved in
- A training programme for library staff in Somerset (delivered by Somerset Sight) on how to help people with a visual impairment, which will be rolled out initially to libraries as they introduce self service.
There is also a write-up of the seminar in LibrariesWest News Summer 2012.
Southend's Community Safety Roadshows | 15 June 2012
This poster advertising Community Safety Roadshows demonstrates a good example of partnership-working, where libraries are integrated into wider community issues.
Southend Libraries' work with seejobclub | 17 May 2012
"seejobclub has been established to bring job seekers together, to provide a place for individuals to regain their confidence and become job ready."
Southend Libraries have recently started to work with seejob club - a new social enterprise. So far, we have established a partnership approach and hosted the first seejob club session here at the Central Library last week- numbers were small ... but we anticipate increased take-up.
Libraries are providing a free venue, access to IT/Internet , book resources, instant membership and library staff support, should it be needed. As a library we are also interested in offering other resources such Mood-Boosting and Six Book Challenge/Quick Reads etc - again if these are required.
Forty Years On | 3 May 2012
"Forty Years On" 'aims to extend community engagement and partnership delivery through an ambitious and exciting three year programme of theatre, oral history and archive work to explore, archive and creatively interpret 40 years of Peterborough history, from 1968 to 2008. Led by Eastern Angles Theatre Company and the Peterborough Archives Service, the Forty Years on project draws extensively on local expertise.'