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Whickham Library
charity reg number: 1178050
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The Whickham Volunteer Library Association (WVLA)
charity reg number : 1178050

The Chair's Introduction to the WVLA Annual Report 2018/2019


Our second year of operation has proved to be easier than our first. As a Charitable Incorporated Organisation we are moving forward into the future with great hopes and plans for the expansion of the service we can provide. Hence we have sought to expand the opportunities for our local community of Whickham, Sunniside and Swalwell. Many of our ventures have been extremely successful. Other ventures have proved to be a learning experience as we move forward to provide a varied and inclusive service at the heart of our community.

Our volunteer team of fifty local people is our greatest resource. They remain highly committed and I am delighted to report hardly any resignations; our core team is well trained and very effective. This is gratifying and demonstrates the volunteers’ willingness to do whatever is needed to continue to serve our community. Local feedback on the volunteer team has been resoundingly positive as local people enjoy the welcome they receive and the great variety of activities we offer.

We are grateful to Gateshead Council Library Services for providing books and the ICT infrastructure. We are seeking ways to improve the service we provide through consultation with a range of professionals and other voluntary and community based organisations.

We have been successful in securing financial support to operate our library from Gateshead Council, Newcastle Building Society, Gateshead Council’s Community Fund and the Catherine Cookson Foundation. In addition we have engaged in a wide variety of fundraising activities to expand our income and the services we provide for our local community.

We have initiated a number of events and activities to engage with and support our local and wider population. These efforts will continue and we will continue to look for further ways to provide assistance to everyone but especially those in greatest need.

Communication, within our organisation and with the wider population, remains a challenge and this is typical of a voluntary association like ours. Initiatives are planned and will be brought forward subject to securing funding. Our website and social media page are developing and their usage is increasing. We are extremely fortunate to have the skill set within our volunteer group to achieve this in the near future.

Conscious that our library building is more or less the same as that inherited in July 2017, we have sought advice and are looking at ways to improve it and secure the necessary finance. This is an exciting opportunity and one which has gripped the imagination of our talented volunteers.

Our group of unlikely librarians have made great progress. Well done to all involved and I look forward to the future with great optimism.

Allan Short
Chair
The Unlikely Librarians


In July we achieved our 2nd birthday as a volunteer library. We have a superb group of volunteers who have worked with great enthusiasm to maintain and develop our library provision in Whickham.

As we move forward into the future we will be assuming greater responsibility for the running and funding of our library. We rely on you to tell us how we are doing, how we can improve and to offer your support by using this facility within the heart of your community. Without your support, and the money you have helped us to raise, we could not provide a library for our village. We look forward to seeing you in the library, please bring along your friends, family and neighbours.

Thank you to everyone and we look forward to our third birthday in 2020.
Fund Raising

To enable the library to be sustainable, we are always looking for ways to boost our funds.  There is no shortage of ideas, and indeed work is already in progress in many areas within the Library, using the many talents of some of our volunteers.

However we are always open to new ideas and any help we can get from our very kind and talented customers will always be gratefully accepted.
To enable the library to be sustainable, we are always looking for ways to boost our funds.  There is no shortage of ideas, and indeed work is already in progress in many areas within the Library, using the many talents of some of our volunteers.

However we are always open to new ideas and any help we can get from our very kind and talented customers will always be gratefully accepted.
Joining The Volunteer's

To join the library as a volunteer, all you have to do is either email us at enquiries@whickhamlibrary.co.uk or just call into the library and ask for details at the reception desk.

At present we are keen to take on volunteers who are willing to work Friday afternoons, as well as those with any special skills which could be applied in the areas of fund raising, marketing, entertainment, communication skills, education and general social skills.
Our Safeguarding Policy

Whickham Volunteer Library Association Safeguarding Policy is available on request.
Whickham Volunteer Library Association
9 Front Street, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 4DN, UK
Tel : 0191 433 6424     Fax: 0191 433 6425
enquiries@whickhamlibrary.co.uk
website: www.whickhamlibrary.co.uk
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