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Bishop's Stortford Learners Library appeals for help to find a new home




Bishop's Stortford Learners Community Library (LCL) needs a long-term loan of its own – a new home.

Like other community groups, the 13-year-old service for families has been told it must leave its base of seven years at Herts and Essex Hospital's Kitwood Unit by December to make way for two surgeries.

The library loans books, toys and other resources to youngsters aged from birth to 19 who need additional support to prevent or minimise learning problems and to improve their communication skills and emotional development. It provides similar support for those with dementia.

KItwood Unit, H&E Community Hospital, Bishops Stortford. Learners Community Library. Cllr Norma Symonds (Mayor) with l-r: Margaret Fox (from St Michaels church community), Dementia Champion Claire Uwins, Volunteer Sue Thompson, Community ibrary Leader Teresa Furze making music playlists as part of the work the library does with dementia patients. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (14912060)
KItwood Unit, H&E Community Hospital, Bishops Stortford. Learners Community Library. Cllr Norma Symonds (Mayor) with l-r: Margaret Fox (from St Michaels church community), Dementia Champion Claire Uwins, Volunteer Sue Thompson, Community ibrary Leader Teresa Furze making music playlists as part of the work the library does with dementia patients. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (14912060)

Retired educational psychologist Teresa Furze, who co-ordinates the library, said: "We need to move so LCL can continue to provide a service to family members of all ages, but particularly children and those with dementia in the local community."

The team needs to stay in Bishop's Stortford and requires two rooms, free of charge, to continue its work.

The first is to store more than 2,500 resources. Teresa said: "That is approximately 140 sq ft, with access to it between sessions and where the majority of the resources can be displayed for LCL sessions.

"We also need a room approximately 320 sq ft very close to this room in order to roll out a number of the resources twice a month – one evening and one day – which can ideally accommodate our four laptops, printers and laminators, and where the public can also meet with our retired special education professionals as well as our dementia friends champion and local dementia professionals."

The team also needs to accommodate space to check in and clean returned items, a play area for children, leaflet stands, room for refreshments with seating and tables plus three free-standing and six wall displays. The rooms must have electrical sockets and access to a good wifi signal.

Teresa said: "We have some 20 volunteers who are happy to continue in a new local venue."

Email learnerscommlib@hotmail.co.uk if you can help.



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