News from the Hub March 2017

The latest news from The Shepley Hub, March 2017

TOP NEWS

The UK’s top credit union has opened an outreach service each Thursday afternoon in Shepley Library, between 1300 and 1530.

The South Yorkshire Credit Union is now providing free banking and other financial services to local people, community groups and businesses across the South Pennines region.

Outreach manager Caroline Askin is available to help you with loans, savings and other financial matters, including debt advice. You can also contact her by email – outreach@sycu.co.uk

If you are interested in starting up your own business, the  credit union can help you obtain an unsecured government-backed business loan up to £25,000 per person. The loan scheme also includes your own business mentor.

Hub trustees are hoping to extend the service and opening hours over time.

2. LIBRARY ROOM HIRE

Rooms are now available in the library for community groups, business workshops and other events, including children’s parties. You can hire rooms for as little as £5 to £35 per session, including concessions. 

Check out room availability at https://www.shepleyvillage.org/hub/library-room-hire/. Please book a room by email: shepley.library@kirklees.gov.uk; or by telephone 01484 222712. 

3. HUB EVENTS

19th April 2017 @ 19:30 – Hub History Society – RAF Wortley – a journey along the WWII munitions store between Grenoside and Shepley 

10th May 2017 @ 19:30 – Shepley Hub CIC AGM (Members Only)

17th May 2017 @ 19:30 – Hub History Society – The stories behind the Holmfirth Blue Plaques – Part II

21 June 2017 @ 19:30 – Brexit – One Year On!

We are also looking at holding events on other days of the week and at different times. If you would like to talk at one of our events, please contact events@shepleyvillage.org

4. SHED GROUP

The CIC has set up a new sub group – SHED (Shepley Hub Enterprise Development) Group. The group aims to work with local businesses, community groups and organisation to take full advantage of opportunities and investment across the local economy. 

Debbie Lumb has joined the board of trustees to develop a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Apprenticeships Ambassador Hub at Shepley Library.

SHED is looking at ways to support our local cottage industries across Shepley and the South Pennines by harnessing opportunities through the digital economy. Plus, identifying ways in which we can support and develop local hot desking hubs to encourage more spend across our rural communities.

5. FORENSICS ACADEMY

We’re delighted to announce that we will be running a forensics academy in Shepley in September/October 2017. The Academy is aimed at children and young adults who are interested in crime scene investigation (CSI) work. For further information, please contact Will Roebuck will.roebuck@eradar.eu   

6. KIRKLEES LIBRARY CONSULTATION

The Council has cut the library budget by another £1.9 million. The Shepley Hub CIC is determined to continue working with Kirklees Council to keep our library open for business. We want to thank all the volunteers for stepping up to the challenge at the last Kirklees budget cut. They continue to work tirelessly to keep the library services in our village. 

The chair of trustees has written to the Huddersfield Examiner expressing our concerns (see letter below).

BUILDING SMARTER COMMUNITIES THROUGH LIBRARIES

Sir,

The decision by Kirklees Council to cut the library budget by a further £1.9 million is panic-driven, shortsighted, and simply wrong. But, it is now an opportunity for local groups to take ownership of their village library under the council’s community asset transfer scheme.

Libraries are an essential tool in building smarter communities and a more inclusive, democratic society. But, they must reinvent themselves as library community enterprise hubs to become more relevant to local people, community groups and businesses. They need to become sustainable by adopting a commercially-focused approach. To achieve this, we need to change the culture of local government to encourage and support entrepreneurship, accountability and responsibility from within.

At a time when false news and information overkill besmirches the Internet and social media, librarians can so easily be the trusted new guardians of real knowledge.

Local knowledge is everything. For example, government now recognises that cyber security awareness and economic resilience starts bottom up, not top down. One of the reasons why The Shepley Hub CIC – set up to save Shepley Library from closure – is an active member of the new Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster. The Kirklees region – and particularly the Colne, Holme and Upper Dearne valleys – also lies at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse region between Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. Investment is ripe; our library service should seize the opportunity to bid for funding to support community-based education and skills.

This week, a new credit union service starts at Shepley Library offering the usual loans and debt advice to people across Kirklees. Plus inspiring local entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses, teaching children the value of money, and helping people get better deals online.

This is our smarter community. We invite Kirklees Library Services to continue taking an active role through our trustees and amazing volunteers.

The new library consultation will start in April 2017. Library services will report back to Kirklees Cabinet in September 2017. The Cabinet have until March 2018 to implement changes. But, changes could be implemented sooner..

We thank the community who continue to support the use of library building through the room hire by local community groups for their meetings and attendance at events – It’s important that this continues to demonstrate that our library building is wanted and valued by our community.   

We thank our terrific Hub members – now over 80 in number – for their ongoing support. Again, it’s important that we can demonstrate there is flourishing enthusiasm and commitment to retaining the library building and library service in our village.  

BUT, we still need to continue finding ways to maintain and increase the use of the library building; we need our community to prove their commitment to wanting the library building and library services in our village.   

 

We don’t know what the outcome will be following this latest cull in budget.  We do know we cannot be complacent  – Use it or lose it.  It’s your choice.

MORE INFORMATION

Please contact hub@shepleyvillage.org for further information.