Community meetings taking place in July. We have scheduled two community meetings in July, one ‘in person’ at Elmswell Library, and one on Zoom. Details are as follows:

Monday 11th July, 9.45 am for 10am start, at Elmswell Library
Friday 15th July, 10.30am on Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/96637058766 (we will remind attendees of the link by email before the meeting)

I know there have been some ‘consultation meetings’ for community groups recently so, just to clarify, these meetings are ‘regular’ community meetings and won’t feature any consultation with another party.

As always, these meetings will be good opportunity to find out the latest information on the library service and discuss relevant issues with the trustees of other groups. A key area of discussion at these meetings is likely to be fundraising and income generation for Suffolk Libraries, and how community groups might be able to support that.

To book a place at any of the meetings, please use this online form https://forms.office.com/r/8hU5jrrgXS

Information on bank accounts for community and voluntary organisations. Some groups have expressed concern to us that their bank has recently introduced charges for use of their account. You can find information at this link on banking options for community groups which will hopefully be of use, and may help you to find a bank that will not impose changes. https://www.resourcecentre.org.uk/information/bank-accounts-for-community-and-voluntary-organisations/

Promotional postcards for attracting new volunteers. If your group is struggling for volunteers – including trustees – we can provide you with a batch of postcards, specially designed by our graphic designer Kerry, to help you attract new people. You can find an example of the postcard design here. If you would like a batch of these for your library, please email daniel.harvey@suffolklibraries.co.uk and we will sort that out for you.

Zoom account available for member groups to use. We have set up two Zoom accounts for library community groups to ‘book’ so that they can hold online meetings. You can set up your own Zoom account for free, but you will be limited to meetings of 40 minutes duration. We have paid for upgraded accounts that don’t have this limit. If you want to book one, please email daniel.harvey@suffolklibraries.co.uk with your meeting date. As long as one of the accounts is available, Daniel will email you back the login details so you can set up  your meeting.

Join our Suffolk Libraries Members Facebook page where you can connect with trustees of other member groups, share ideas and discuss challenges affecting groups . Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/suffolklibrariesmembers and click on ‘join’.