Opportunity for groups to run the remaining four community libraries

We’re now inviting organisations to come forward and take over the running of Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley, Loggerheads and Talke libraries. We are keen to see our smaller libraries in the hands of the communities they serve, so decisions can be taken at a local level to make them more responsive, more able to provide what’s needed locally. While groups will take care of the day to day management and running of their library, the council will still take care of maintenance and utility bills. Plus groups will have access to library services, IT systems and their own dedicated member of the library service to advise and support them.

We started this process in February 2015 with the first two rounds of applications proving very successful and are confident we will get groups to come forward. Organisations have until 20 January 2017 to apply and there’s further details at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/communitylibraries

Now to another important area of work for us. With children back at school, or teenagers off to university, we know that there will be parents out there looking to take on a new challenge or adventure. Our Fostering Service is now asking people if fostering could be for them and to get in touch.

We are always looking for foster families to come forward and provide a loving home for our looked after children and over the next three years we need to recruit around 150 more families.  As often is the case, there is a particular need for carers for teenagers and sibling groups so again, if you think you could help out then please get in touch.

Most people can foster. You simply need to care about children, have good communication skills, have a spare room and be ready for that challenge.  When I meet many of our foster carers they always say what a rewarding thing it is to do and comment on the range of support they get from our staff too.

Fostering is making a real difference to the lives of hundreds of local children in Staffordshire every day, so if it’s for you, then please get in touch with the service at www.care4child.org.

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