Published on:21 July 2016
Age UK Enfield has moved into Ponders End Library as part of Enfield Council's wider strategy of sharing space within facilities and responsibility for running them with voluntary and community sector organisations.
Age UK Enfield has moved into Ponders End Library as part of Enfield Council's wider strategy of sharing space within facilities and responsibility for running them with voluntary and community sector organisations. The Charity will be able to consolidate in an open plan office and will save much of its previous rent outlay.
The refurbishment, which forms part of Enfield Council's library strategy, will pave the way for residents across the borough to be able to access more services at their local library than ever before.
Refurbishment work at the library in College Court, High Street, Ponders End, finished in May and Age UK Enfield is offering Information, Advice and Advocacy services as well as foot care, dementia diagnostics and falls prevention projects on site. Other partners who are set to work with the Council to help provide library services will include schools and children's centres as well as Southgate College and the Millfield Theatre, commercial lets are being considered for some sites.
Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Children's Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: "We are committed to providing a first rate library service and despite significant spending cuts from central government we have found an innovative and effective way of providing a comprehensive library service which meets the needs of Enfield residents and means we have managed to retain more libraries than any other London borough.
"This approach means we are working in partnership with reputable and credible partners to bring vital community services that people rely on into our library buildings while retaining libraries in all of our neighbourhoods. This means we are continuing to provide a first rate library service in Enfield which will continue to provide the services our residents rely upon."
Alan Weinstock, CEO of Age UK Enfield said: "This is a brilliant opportunity for Age UK Enfield because there is a natural synergy between the services we provide and the library service, as a large number of people who use the library are older people and in turn would benefit from accessing services in the same location or being signposted to colleagues in the voluntary and community sectors within the borough. "We will be using the library as a flexible office for volunteers, services and projects and the partnership has ensured there is no disruption to the existing library service, with extended opening hours Monday through to Saturday and late night opening on a Wednesday evening."
Following the restructure of the library service, Enfield Council specified the four biggest and most popular libraries in the borough – Enfield Town, Edmonton Green, Palmers Green and Ordnance Unity Library, as hub/flagship libraries - which deliver a wide range of library services alongside community based activities. The remaining 13 libraries were designated as community libraries. The Council will continue to run these libraries and library card holders will be able to use their account to access a wide range of library services. However the Council will be sharing premises in community libraries with other organisations to bring in income, share costs and provide added benefits to the local community.