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Getting ready for exciting new chapter for Nottinghamshire’s libraries and cultural services

Getting ready for exciting new chapter for Nottinghamshire’s libraries and cultural services

Nottinghamshire County Council is launching a new cultural organisation called Inspire to manage its libraries, archives and cultural services across the county – and is looking to recruit members now!

Inspire is a Community Benefit Society and this week the organisation begins a campaign to recruit members in preparation for starting business next spring.

The county council’s cultural services have a track record of inspiring people to achieve, learn and develop, whether through a love of reading, music, the arts or education.

Now as part of an innovative strategy to manage some of its cultural services, the county council says the new society will give people a greater say in the way libraries, archives, arts and adult learning are managed.

People can still continue to enjoy their local library and the other cultural and learning services Nottinghamshire County Council currently provides without becoming a member – but Inspire would love for you to join them!

Inspire membership is FREE and will give people the chance to have a say on how the society works and develops, receive an Inspire membership newsletter with special offers, discounts on events and an invitation to its annual general meeting.

Members will also be eligible to stand for election to Inspire’s Board, or to get involved with Friends groups.

Councillor John Knight, Committee Chairman for Culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We have a proud record of running modern, popular and accessible library and cultural services across the county. We lend more than three million books from our libraries each year, with e-books and e-magazines increasingly popular and host thousands of events.

“We have recently invested £2.5m in our archives building, had a good Ofsted inspection of our community learning courses and help dozens of teenagers into training, education or employment through our Skills for Employment Service each year. We are committed to our library and cultural services, and Inspire provides an exciting opportunity for these services to be even more enterprising and creative to achieve benefits for local communities now and for future generations.

“Becoming an Inspire member is an exciting opportunity to give local people even more of a say in the future management of their local library and other cultural services such as arts and employment programmes.”

Inspire will deliver the following services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council: public libraries, archives, arts, Instrumental Music Teaching in schools, Community Learning and Skills Service, Nottinghamshire Music Hub and the Education Library Service.

Nottinghamshire Library user Joan Randle said: “I like the idea of the Inspire membership because it will give a lot more scope for the running of the library and people would be able to get a greater say in it and probably get more cultural events going on which would be nice to attend.”

Learn more:
• Find out more about becoming a member of Inspire and take advantage of discounts to events and other benefits. Sign up – it’s free!

• Join an existing friends group, or start a new one! Inspire’s friends groups give you the chance to get involved with services, and we’re looking for people who are as passionate about what we do as we are. As a friend you can support the organisation by fundraising or volunteering your time. Let Inspire know if you’re interested in becoming a friend.

• Inspire are looking for people to stand for election as board members You can stand as a community member or a friend member, and they’ll also be looking for people to fill specific roles on the Board. Register your interest to find out more.
It’s free to join – just fill in the online form, and Inspire will send you an Inspire membership card through the post. Find out more:www.inspireculture.org.uk

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