Upper Norwood Library recruiting after £15,000 IT grant

The Upper Norwood Library Trust has been awarded £15,000 from the People’s Health Trust to provide IT training and free access to computers at the library for disadvantaged local residents as a way to engage them in learning and reduce social exclusion.

Upper Norwood Library trustees Jane Gregory, Robert Gibson and Emma Sharville

Upper Norwood Library trustees Jane Gregory, Robert Gibson and Emma Sharville

The Trust is now seeking to employ someone to manage the delivery of the project. The library’s IT capacity is being upgraded with new broadband being installed with funding from Lambeth Council.

UNLT co-chair Emma Sharville, who worked closely with the library staff to secure the funding grant, said: “We are very grateful to the People’s Health Trust for their funding. This is a great project.”

The Trust is keen to hear from anyone with the skills to set up and deliver the digital inclusion project engaging with individuals, groups and partner organisations to break down barriers to digital and social exclusion.

The role will also involve building and maintaining successful working relationships with appropriate local community organisations to create volunteering and social action opportunities for residents.

UNLT trustee Bryher Scudamore, who is handling the recruitment process, said: “The position of digital inclusion project co-ordinator is funded for a year at £15 per hour on a 10 hours per week basis. We are seeking someone with core competences of engaging, developing and delivering a range of information, communications and technology (ICT) activities within a community setting, with a well developed knowledge of different methods of engaging communities and partner agencies.”

Robert Gibson, the other UNLT co-chair, said: “The community of Crystal Palace has demonstrated just how much it wants and needs its library and fought heroically hard to stop its library being closed.

“We are very grateful for the moral and financial support of Lambeth Council and the albeit much reduced funding from Croydon Council. This project is a great way to demonstrate to all our local authority stakeholders that our library can play a massive role in community cohesion, social inclusion and education.

“Libraries have a crucial role in enabling people to develop the information literacy skills to become digitally included. Our library in particular enjoys a unique loyalty and position of trust amongst the residents of Crystal Palace and is therefore ideally placed to help support those most socially excluded become digitally empowered.”

  • Candidates for this post are invited to send their CV and contact details to uppernorwoodlibrarytrust@gmail.com or Upper Norwood Library Trust, c/o Upper Norwood Library, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, London SE19 1TJ before February 7.

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