South Chingford Community Library could close to the public by the end of 2014 unless it receives new funding support

Treasurer Susan Brown (right) with volunteers outside the community library

Treasurer Susan Brown (right) with volunteers outside the community library

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Volunteers at a community library are appealing for help to secure a future beyond 2014.

The South Chingford Community Library (SCCL), based at the former Waltham Forest Direct Shop in Chingford Mount Road, is run by up to 80 unpaid volunteers and relies on community ward funds to pay for projects.

Opened in April 2012, the library was founded when the council closed South Chingford library in Hall Lane in 2011.

More than 700 residents have signed up as members but despite claims of a growing interest, the independent library is facing a cash crisis.

For the past two years, the library has received money from Endlebury, Valley and Larkswood ward forums to help it offer a wider range of projects.

But money cannot be allocated from wards to cover operational costs.  

Treasurer Susan Brown, 56, volunteers for 15 hours a week.

She said: "We have £2,000 in the bank. Come 2015 we won't be able to run the library unless we get some more money which means we could close down."

Volunteer Stuart Manning, of Hampton Road in Chingford, says the library is a vital service for the community. 

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He added: "The SCCL has shown in the 18 months of its existence that a library service is needed in the community.

“We have a membership list of over 700 and have many regular visitors.

"What we need now is funding to carry on providing those services, whether this be from community funds, private sponsors or corporate bodies."

The library has applied unsuccessfully to Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.

A small amount of income is generated from membership fees costing £1 and the sale of duplicated donated books.

To make a donation or sponsor the library, please email southchingfordlibrary@gmail.com

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5:03pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

So if this community group cannot make it work they will realise why the council library did not justify the expense.
So if this community group cannot make it work they will realise why the council library did not justify the expense. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

1:20pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Ollie J says...

Meanwhile £5,000,000 being spent on just three libraries in the borough, or as I like to call them 'Career Building Trophy Projects'.

LBWF's Library Services is a disgrace.
Meanwhile £5,000,000 being spent on just three libraries in the borough, or as I like to call them 'Career Building Trophy Projects'. LBWF's Library Services is a disgrace. Ollie J
  • Score: -3

2:03pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Ollie J wrote:
Meanwhile £5,000,000 being spent on just three libraries in the borough, or as I like to call them 'Career Building Trophy Projects'.

LBWF's Library Services is a disgrace.
They cannot make it work with 60 volunteers working free so how can they afford to make it work paying people.

Same old throw away Labour.
[quote][p][bold]Ollie J[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile £5,000,000 being spent on just three libraries in the borough, or as I like to call them 'Career Building Trophy Projects'. LBWF's Library Services is a disgrace.[/p][/quote]They cannot make it work with 60 volunteers working free so how can they afford to make it work paying people. Same old throw away Labour. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

10:31am Tue 25 Mar 14

nickyr says...

I read with interest the article in this weeks paper to say the volunteer library may have to close due to lack of funds and I feel so strongly about this issue that I felt compelled to leave a comment.
For years the council provided libraries and people were employed to work in them. With the cuts people lost their jobs. I know some people who were made redundant from the libraries who are still unemployed.
I appreciate these volunteers think they are doing good for the communities and have been hoodwinked by the government to think they are part of the big society. However people needs jobs and not everyone can afford to work for free.
If people volunteer to work for free in jobs that previously had a salary there will be more unemployed people. These people and others see those that then offer to do their jobs for free as job thieves.
Volunteers are very lucky if they can afford to work for free but no doubt at some time in their lives they have needed paid employment. I suggest they have a think about how they would have felt if someone had come along and said to their employer 'you don't need to employ this person any longer I'll do their job for free!'
Therefore I suggest if they want to do good for the community they spend your time campaigning against future cuts.
I read with interest the article in this weeks paper to say the volunteer library may have to close due to lack of funds and I feel so strongly about this issue that I felt compelled to leave a comment. For years the council provided libraries and people were employed to work in them. With the cuts people lost their jobs. I know some people who were made redundant from the libraries who are still unemployed. I appreciate these volunteers think they are doing good for the communities and have been hoodwinked by the government to think they are part of the big society. However people needs jobs and not everyone can afford to work for free. If people volunteer to work for free in jobs that previously had a salary there will be more unemployed people. These people and others see those that then offer to do their jobs for free as job thieves. Volunteers are very lucky if they can afford to work for free but no doubt at some time in their lives they have needed paid employment. I suggest they have a think about how they would have felt if someone had come along and said to their employer 'you don't need to employ this person any longer I'll do their job for free!' Therefore I suggest if they want to do good for the community they spend your time campaigning against future cuts. nickyr
  • Score: 3

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