Many members of the local community supported by The HGS Residents Association in 2011 campaigned to prevent the closure by the London Borough of Barnet of the little Hampstead Garden Suburb Library in the Market Place.
The campaign was successful, and within just a few days of the borough librarians being redeployed to other libraries in April 2012, Garden Suburb Community Library opened its doors to readers again, this time in the hands of about 40 volunteers who have been trained to run it.
The library has since then gone from strength to strength, with over 2600 registered users, children’s activities twice a week, a monthly book club, and occasional author talks and one-off children’s events.
Books are constantly replenished and a team of volunteers has £5,000 to spend annually on adult and children’s books
They also have two user computers which are in constant use and a printer which can also scan and copy.
They are always looking for additional volunteers to join the team that runs the library on a day to day basis
Everyone enjoys their shifts – the library is open Tuesday to Saturday and we have two shifts – morning 9.45am-1.30pm and afternoon 1.30pm-5.00pm
Full training given !
Ashplats Wood is 28 hectares and is part of the East Court Estate in East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK. The main part of the wood is designated as Ancient Woodland, and also a West Sussex Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI). It sits within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Ashplats Conservation Group is a voluntary organisation that aims to promote practical conservation for the benefit of the countryside and wildlife.
The Group was formed by local residents keen to be involved in conserving and enhancing the varied habitats the wood affords, and promoting the benefits to local people. The Group generally meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month and carries out a variety of tasks including:
- Pond restoration
- Control of invasive species (such as Rhododendron)
- Path and ride maintenance
- Glade creation and improvement
- Surveying and monitoring wildlife populations
Everyone is welcome, including children. Under 16’s though should be accompanied by an adult.
No experience is necessary and tools, gloves and training will be provided. It’s advisable to wear old clothes and stout boots.
This is your free gym – right on your doorstep! Come along and make new friends, learn new skills and make a difference. Details are on the website and facebook page.
Positive About MS is a website dedicated to give information to those who have MS (Multiple Sclerosis), those affected by the condition and people who may just want to know more about it.
The main reason for the site is within the title, they aim to look at and focus on the positive aspects of the condition (And Yes! There are many).
Within the site you will find different topics, subjects and areas that they address by giving their opinions.
The group is based in Manchester, but the information is accessible to all.
For those who like information on the move or at the finger tips you can even follow updates on facebook and twitter.
The Goodlife Centre is an independent learning space situated near Tate Modern, Central London. They offer practical boutique workshops in DIY, Home Maintenance, Decorating, Upholstery, Woodwork & Carpentry, Furniture Upcycling & Restoration and various traditional hand Crafts.
Their large studio space is the ideal environment for their fast paced workshops. They offer classes all year to absolute beginners so no more excuses and no need to wait till ‘term time’. New classes added regularly.
Bookings are now being taken for workshops in carpentry and woodwork, DIY and home maintenance, furniture and restoration, home interiors, sewing, traditional crafts and upholstery.
Henshaws is a northern charity supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations.
They believe that, wherever they are, everyone has the right to an independent and fulfilling life. Their support, advice and training enables people and their families build skills, develop confidence, help each other and look forward to a more positive future.
They work at the heart of the community - creating long-lasting and real change through education, community support, and enterprise. But they can't do this without your help, find out how your support for Henshaws could make a real difference by visiting their website.
April is National Pet Month which aims to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership through educational campaigns and celebrate the benefits of our pets and encourage fundraising for the nation’s needy pets.
Here at CommunitySpaceBook we support pets as well as humans as we know the great joy they can bring. So today we are celebrating some of our groups who support people bysupporting their pets.
The Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity which seeks to relieve the anxieties, problems, and sometimes injustices, faced by elderly and terminally ill people and their pets, thereby saving a great deal of human sadness and animal suffering.
The Trust’s primary objective is to respect and preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets. To this end it works in partnership with owners to overcome any difficulties that might arise. A national network of over 15,000 community service volunteers has been established to provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care poses a problem - for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner.
A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face a spell in hospital - volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited.
The Cinnamon Trust also provides long term care for pets whose owners have died or moved to residential accommodation which will not accept pets. Arrangements are made between owners and the Trust well in advance, so owners do have peace of mind in the knowledge that their beloved companion will have a safe and happy future. Emergency cards are available on request.
When a pet is in the Trust’s care either short term or long term because the owner is in care, the owner is kept in touch with visits, if possible, or regular photos and letters.
Dog walkers and short term fosterers are always needed, just join up as a volunteer to help.
Men's Shed Petworth meet once a week in their large accessible shed and provide a chance for local men to be able to meet together and make rural crafts such as birdhouses, bughouses, bat boxes and other items.
- All men are welcome
- No experience necessary
- All tools and materials provided
- All activities are guided and supported by the coordinator
Running since February 2011 they were the first shed to start up in West Sussex.
Studio Upstairs are an are an arts and health charity with branches in Bristol and London. Their vision is for a world in which everyone can transform their life through creative community.
They provide positive, life-changing interventions for people with mental or emotional difficulties within an artistic therapeutic community. They will support you to enhance your well-being and health, reinforce and recharge your creativity and achieve your own goals.
Whether a Studio Member, Volunteer, Team Member, Associate Member or Workshop Participant you will both benefit from and contribute to a shared creative and therapeutic endeavour.
Creative Hands Foundation is a charity which aims to educate young people and adults in creative arts and music skills for posterity and social economic benefits thus enabling them to achieve their full potential.
They aim to:
Increase arts and crafts activities for young people, adults and families
Reduce the number of isolated young people, adults and families
Improve young people and adults skills
Improve well-being of young people and adults
Raise aspirations and increase young people and adults achievements
They provide accredited courses, cultural arts and crafts workshops and volunteering for young people and adults aiming to start their own creative arts business.