Column - Nidderdale Plus with Katy Penn

Our volunteers have given a staggering amount of hours of service over the past year. What a fantastic achievement, showing such support for keeping services local for the benefit of residents in the area.
Our volunteers have given a staggering amount of hours of service over the past year. What a fantastic achievement, showing such support for keeping services local for the benefit of residents in the area.
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How time flies. (is it a sign of age?) I am in the midst of collating information for an annual report for Nidderdale Plus. It is a year since we moved into our new premises at Station Square, Pateley Bridge.

It is also a year since we brought together the library service, the tourist information service and our own Nidderdale Plus services under the same roof – and it’s been quite a year!

We have had nearly 20,000 visits into our offices during this period: many to join and enjoy the new library facilities; many to ask about local walks, where to eat and stay in Nidderdale and pick up details about local attractions; many to ask for information or advice about local issues that affect them or to use our printing facilities or meeting room.

All services have greatly benefitted from our ability to be open seven days a week – and this is thanks to the help of our 30+ volunteers who work with us in the office and drive our Community Car.

Our volunteers have given a staggering amount of hours of service over the past year.

What a fantastic achievement by everyone concerned, showing wonderful support for keeping services local for the benefit of residents in the area, learning new skills, being part of a great team effort and having fun along the way!

We do hope to continue recruiting new volunteers to our team – either as drivers, as trustees to our organisation or as helpers in our office and library.

Do contact myself or Sandra Walker if you have time to support us (01423 714953).

Our office volunteers generally each give a three-hour stint every week, while our drivers are contacted on an ad-hoc basis to support residents requiring help with local journeys; trustees meet on a monthly basis to oversee the strategic direction of the organisation.

We have specific vacancies at the moment for trustees with financial or IT skills to offer, and for a volunteer to join our Home Library service – this is a once a month service, delivering library books to residents unable to visit the library themselves.

Volunteers always undertake the visit with a colleague and it’s an opportunity to chat to people about their love of books and ensure they are getting the most out of their library membership.

Do get in touch if you are interested or mention it to your friends or neighbours who may be interested in joining our volunteer team.

One of the benefits for all library members (besides books) is the opportunity to borrow DVDs, CDs and audio books – and with a Media Subscription you can reserve your favourites free of charge and they will be delivered to the Nidderdale Plus library for you to collect at your convenience.

You can browse the wide selection on offer by visiting www.northyorks.gov.uk/libraries and order online from home or by ringing our office.

Media Subscriptions can be taken out for six months or 12 months and offer great value for money – a must for those forthcoming autumnal evenings!

We have marked our one year anniversary at Station Square with the launch of ‘Friends of Nidderdale Plus’, a new opportunity to show your support for the work we do and be involved in planning and developing future services and projects, as well as receiving invitations to four special events throughout the year.

We do hope that many of you will support this new initiative – further details on our website or pop into the office and pick up a Friends leaflet!

Finally, we are hosting a Book Sale in our offices until Sunday 16 October, daily, so I do hope to see many of you there, choosing books from a wide selection for adults and children, fiction and non-fiction.

We are open Mondays 10am to 6pm; Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 4pm; Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 1pm. Do pop in anytime!