Alan Carter writes:
The New Library is a Project with a long history which you can read about here : https://www.cricklewoodlibrary.org.uk/welcome/history/
The New Library is designed as a community hub with 2 activity rooms that can be hired out for any socially acceptable purpose. There are bookings already made for the activity rooms and the library space has mobile bookcases that can be rolled into a storage area so the main library hall is also available to be hired for other purposes.
The Active members of Friends of Cricklewood Library have been working for the last 10 years to get the new library open and their efforts have almost got the project finished. Sadly, due to a run of very bad luck and delays resulting from the Covid pandemic, they have now run out of money and needs help to cross the finishing line.
I have helped occasionally, in the past, at fund raising events for the new community library but a few months ago I volunteered to organise a team of other helpers to decorate the library and fit out the bookcases that had been donated by others.
All the rooms were bare plastered walls and ceilings without skirting boards and with broken plasterboard sills to doors and windows (don’t ask) .
Over 4 months of lockdown working socially isolated shifts a small group – mainly 3 pensioners – have decorated all the rooms, repaired the sills and fixed all the permanent bookcases in the library.
You can support the crowdfunder here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-kick-start-cricklewood-community-library-1
Good news! In line with the latest government advice, we will be opening up the library for hire from Monday 17 May. While we finish work on cataloguing the book stock and fundraising to build the cafe/reception area, the activity room is now ready for use. We have three bookings already, so if you are interested in hiring, don’t delay – availability is limited, and we’re hiring on a first come, first served basis. Check out our online availability calendar, and if you’d like a quotation for hiring, please use this form.
Hirers should have their own liability insurance, and we will be requiring all hirers and attendees at events to check in for Test and Trace purposes. For an informal chat, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and have your questions answered.
Would you or a friend or family member like some help with using Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing platform which can be used for:
keeping in contact with friends and family
joining in with meetings
attending religious services
Our trained volunteers from Cricklewood Library can help you to install Zoom and will demonstrate how to set up and join meetings. They will talk you through step by step until you feel confident.
You will need Internet connection and a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Interested? Please contact Annie on email@example.com
We’re starting an exciting new project in March. We’ll be training up to 10 volunteers to teach local residents how to access Zoom. The training will cover
- Overview of the Zoom interface (as a refresher and to make sure everyone is on the same page)
- Consideration for facilitation, safeguarding guidelines
- Creating invites
- Some of the common issues for helping other access Zoom.
Once trained, the volunteers will contact local people who would like to start using Zoom, to keep in touch with friends and family, or to enjoy our up-coming online programme of events. If you know of someone who could benefit from this training, get in touch! The training will help beneficiaries to overcome concerns and potential barriers faced, develop online skills, build confidence, become more independent, and do useful things like access online applications and services.
The Brent Solidarity fund provides assistance to Brent residents who are struggling financially. They aim to provide funds for up to £50 (maximum of once per month, per applicant).
“This fund can be used for anything: we are not there to judge you and there is no obligation to pay back the money. The fund is run with respect and trust, in accordance with principles of mutual aid: “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need”.
Call or e-mail your nearest Mutual Aid group out of the ones listed below to access the Solidarity Fund. Someone from the group will discuss your circumstances with you, and they may suggest alternatives to using the fund if there are other options available.
Brondesbury Park firstname.lastname@example.org 0208 050 3929
Dudden Hill email@example.com 07588 541 399
Harlesden firstname.lastname@example.org 07446 557 715
Kensal Green email@example.com 0208 638 8291
Kilburn firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3488 4916
Mapesbury MapesburyMutualAid@gmail.com 020 8914 7950
Northwick Park NorthwickPark.MutualAid@gmail.com 020 8050 1768
Queens Park email@example.com 0208 050 3875
Sudbury firstname.lastname@example.org 07770 678 714
Welsh Harp email@example.com 0330 043 1787
Wembley Central firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8050 1617
Willesden Green email@example.com 07593 426 959
If you need funds in larger amounts for specific things, the Turn2Us grant finder is a good place to look for further resources: https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk