I have always been actively involved in politics from quite an early age. I believe you have to standup for what you feel to be right, the silent majority often let things happen right under their noses then complain when things happen. Brilliant Trisha that's exactly what's needed Librarys are a great community resource and need to be defended, I really hope your campaign is successful. Do let us know how you get on. I have been involved in many campaigns over the years including CND, Anti apartheid, campaigns for women's rights etc and many through my union the NUT, I continue to be active in my union both as a rep and President of my local association. Education like the NHS has taken a battering over the years and there is more work than ever to be done to defend state education.
>:( 6herry, I think my miss dangerous is on its way. The library that our granddaughter goes to is under threat of closure. The plan at the moment is to stand outside the council offices chanting. Lots of oldies call into the library for a chat, if it were to close they could go for days without speaking to anyone. :-[ Our aim is to go down fighting!
Exactly what we found in our library. A group of us went to talk to a well known supermarket in the high street and 2 or 3 other food producing places and got contributions of doughnuts, coffee etc on a monthly basis and using a small part of the library every Tuesday our elderly residents get together for a chat, a doughnut & coffee/tea. I pop in to take shopping orders for "heavy" items like washing powder for 4 each week & deliver when I take them home. There are 15 of us who volunteer and we are all in the same sort of age group 69 upwards but we are very lucky to still have husbands and our health, able to drive, etc. Good for you, I salute your effort and I hope you win.
It's looks like our council have made their decision. They have relented and are going to keep it open. Yes that's really good, but. There is always a but. The staff are loosing their jobs. The awful thing is, that they have been asked to find volunteers. The answer was, no! They then said that they would find volunteers and the staff could train them. The answer again was no! The council are saying that the staff are being unreasonable and will be responsible if they have to close the library! Words fail me at the minute.
Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.
Trisha, that's a shame, but it appears to be common with all the council cuts caused by the austerity policy. In a company, I don't think you can be made redundant if someone else is going to carry on doing the job that you do, however the same rules don't appear to apply in this case.
Lin that's fantastic, with so many elderly people suffering from loneliness, I think that is wonderful that you've helped organise a monthly get together .... good on you lady!
Be careful if you try something like this. Make sure there are at least 15 volunteers and only look after a max of 2 per volunteer because more than 2 takes too much time, we use male volunteers as well, my hubby helps me when it is my turn to deal with a lady in a wheelchair as I am hopeless breaking it down & loading it!!!