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Self service machines are coming to Craven Arms Library as the future is secured for another three years

We have very exciting news at CasCA.
We have recently agreed with Shropshire Council that we will continue to house the library there for another three years.
And Shropshire Council has said the long awaited self service machines will be installed this year!

We are delighted!
When we took on the library four years ago it was to save it from closing down and stop the people of Craven Arms losing a vital resource.
It was originally just for three years too, but having extended it for a further year in 2017, the council have now said the library will remain at CasCA in Newington Way until 2021.

The staff employed by The Furniture Scheme, the charity which operates the building, have been librarians for the four years that the library has been in CasCA and carried it out brilliantly, especially as that wasn’t supposed to happen. We really appreciate that they have risen to the challenge, so well done team CasCA!

Whilst we are very happy to help anyone who needs assistance and answer any questions that we are able to, we will also be delighted to show customers how to use the self service machine.

You see these at other libraries across Shropshire, ones that are 24 hours but don’t have staff all the time. They are simple to use machines and mean people can take a book out of the library when our staff may be busy helping with computer sessions, booking people on to sports activities or a variety of other roles that they carry out in our busy centre.

New Defibrillator at Rockspring Community Centre

Chris Phillips – Heartstart Midlands and Rob Gardner – Rockspring Caretaker

Great news! Here at The Rockspring Community Centre, the first of six new CPADs (Community Public Access Defibrillators) has been fitted.

Thank you to Ludlow Defib 4 You for arranging this and to Ludlow Hospital League of Friends for their generous donation in purchasing the new AEDs and the tough, light weight, outdoor Defibrillator Cabinets – ‘DefibSafe2’.

As well as Rockspring Community Centre the CPADs provided by The League of Friends will replace current machines at Ludlow Assembly Rooms, the Bishop Mascall Centre and Ludlow Homecare. Two extra machines will be sited at Tesco and to the North of the Town (Sheet Road/Parys Road to be finalized). Two of the existing Cardiac Science G3 AEDs will be rehoused in indoor locations – St Laurence’s Church and Ludlow Junior School.

New face at Ludlow charity

A charity in Ludlow has a new member of staff who will be getting to know the people of south Shropshire over the coming months.

Justin Griffiths – Community Engagement Worker

Justin Griffiths has started as the community engagement and volunteer support worker for The Furniture Scheme this week.

Justin replaces Chris Perkins, who has retired, and will be responsible for looking after and attracting new volunteers of all ages for the charity’s shops, warehouse, community centres and a variety of other roles.

He said: “I am very excited about this new challenge.

“I have worked with charities, but this is a new role for me and I am looking forward to getting stuck in.

“I have also volunteered at charities before and I know what it is like to be a volunteer and I can bring that experience to this role and relate to the people I work with.

“There are volunteering opportunities for people of all ages, sometimes people may think it is not for them and then really enjoy it once they start.

“I look forward to meeting all our current volunteers and will be doing my best to meet many people across South Shropshire and recruit more volunteers of all ages to our bases in both Ludlow and Craven Arms.”

Justin will be based at Rockspring Community Centre in Sandford Avenue, Ludlow, and will also work out of CasCA on Newington Way, Craven Arms.

Jean Jarvis MBE, chief executive of The Furniture Scheme, said: “We are delighted to welcome Justin to The Furniture Scheme family.

“We are passionate about the services we provide to the local community. We couldn’t do so much without the help of our volunteers though and they can also benefit from volunteering by gaining new skills, friends and confidence.

“Many of our volunteers come to us with low self esteem and leave a different person, ready to take on new challenges.

“We need people for roles like reception, helping us to set up rooms and helping to collect and deliver furniture, there are many different things to do here and we will try to match volunteers with their interests. We also offer training and learning opportunities

“Justin is hitting the ground running and I am sure will help to make a difference to a lot of people’s lives.”

The Furniture Scheme was launched over 20 years ago as a way to ensure some of the most excluded members of the community could benefit from recycled household items – the charity has grown and now offers computer courses, carpentry workshops and volunteering in the garden, among other things.

Anyone who would like more information about The Furniture Scheme should call 01584 874922, or email info@furniturescheme.co.uk or visit http://www.furniturescheme.co.uk.

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