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Call for volunteering heroes in Enfield’s libraries

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25 October 2017

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With the re-opening of two modern, state-of-the-art libraries in Enfield the hunt is now on for volunteers; could you be an Enfield Hero?

- Call goes out for more library volunteers
- Volunteering can help enhance skills and employability
- Two refurbished libraries reopen in Enfield, furthering need for volunteers
With the re-opening of two modern, state-of-the-art libraries in Enfield the hunt is now on for volunteers; could you be an Enfield Hero?
Edmonton Green Library reopened earlier in October following a multi-million pound face-lift and Enfield Highway Library is readying the shelves for visitors following its move to a new and improved location fit for the 21st century. Both these and other libraries across the borough need volunteers.
Enfield Council is asking residents to volunteer in its libraries as part of its Enfield Heroes campaign. Volunteering can help increase your skills in dealing with the public, improve your confidence and offer genuine work experience. There are many ways you can join in and help with library services. You could become an IT buddy and teach someone the basics of using a computer, perform a customer-facing role, or help with reading activities.
Philomena Coleman (pictured) started as a volunteer having decided to get back into the workforce. With her daughter at secondary school, Philomena felt she had some time to offer and in turn, she wanted to gain new skills. Having impressed fellow colleagues during her time volunteering at Edmonton Green Library, she is now employed by Enfield Council as a Customer Services Officer. 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, Arts & Culture, Cllr Yasemin Brett, said: “Many generous-minded Enfield residents volunteer. Volunteering can set you on the road to work, realise your potential and introduce you to new skills. The experience could help rejuvenate your CV and set you on the path to employment. Whatever your reason may be for volunteering, we’d love to hear from you.”
“Enfield Council is proud of its libraries service and is one of the few boroughs in London still investing in and developing this area, despite tough funding cuts. Volunteers form an indispensable part of this service and the Council greatly values the time and skills our supporters give. Help us to maintain a service that is innovative, responsive and helps to support our strong communities."
It is estimated around 100,000 people in Enfield are offering their time for free on a regular basis. Enfield Council can direct you towards volunteering opportunities in the borough, particularly in libraries and to support young people. For more information, please go to www.enfield.gov.uk/heroes. To find a library in your area, visit www.enfield.gov.uk/libraries.