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SeeJobGroup | 13 June 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 ...
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...
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 provid...
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...
Latest information resources
"Literature Works is the strategic literature development charity for South West England ... Literature Works’ role is to fundraise for the Grassroots Literature Programme, a support and grant scheme providing small awards for literature activity across the region, and where possible securing funding for larger regional projects with delivery partners, advice, advocacy and partnership. We also provide a central resource for literature in the South West region and support the wider literature sector through large scale research and evaluation and work as lead partner with Plymouth University on the Literature Fundraising Centre project. Our mission is to support, understand and advocate for our regional literature sector in all its contexts, for everyone, for all ages, and that sector’s place, growth, relevance and value in a national and international literature development future."
"Voice is an independent national charity committed to empowering children and young people in care and in need and campaigning for lasting change to improve their lives."
Pride in Our Past
"Plymouth Pride Forum aims to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in Plymouth in collaboration with the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office and create an LGBT archive to access, frame and interpret Plymouth's queer histories."
"... for people from different cultures, living in Devon"
Children's Rights Alliance for England
"CRAE protects the human rights of children by lobbying government and others who hold power, by bringing or supporting test cases and by using regional and international human rights mechanisms."
Latest blog posts
Southend-on-Sea's Outlook Magazine | 23 November 2011
The Winter 2011 issue includes a good piece about the Six Book Challenge (see page 10).
Black History Month Essex | 10 October 2011
Programme of events now available - includes Essex, Southend, Havering, Thurrock.
Resettlement provision for children and young people: accommodation and education, training and employment | 22 June 2011
New report from the HM Inspectorate of Prisons - to summarise: "This report raises a key question – how effective is the resettlement work conducted in custody in terms of the actual outcomes...
Article in the TES Magazine, 27 May, which looks at the number of under-18s in custody in England & Wales. "Figures for February 2011 show virtually the lowest number since the millennium, with...
The Children's Rights Alliance for England has published Use of force on children in custody: submission to Lord Carlile of Berriew QC's 2011 public hearing, which sets out the inequalities...