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/

Notes from recent community meetings. You can find notes from the community meetings held in November 2021 here.

We held a couple of online community group meetings in July. You can find notes from those meetings here.

Please submit details of your trustees. We need to make sure that we have up to date details of all  library community group trustees to enable us to communicate with our membership effective, and to engage with them as volunteers of Suffolk Libraries. We also need to ensure that trustees are familiar with the Suffolk Libraries ‘membership criteria’ and ‘co-operative principles’ that every group signed up to when they were first formed. Therefore, please submit details of all your current trustees using this online form https://forms.office.com/r/AEKxJNCKeF. Thank you to those groups who’ve already submitted their details.

If you have already completed the form and need to tell us about any changes to your trustee details, please do so using this online form https://forms.office.com/r/eH5Dr6eypJ

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’.