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Could you join band of volunteers making a difference at libraries

Posted onPosted on 15th Oct

Volunteers who want to make a difference in the area’s libraries, as well as at arts and cultural events, can take advantage of a new project.

Inspire, which delivers a range of cultural, art, library and learning services for Nottinghamshire County Council, has launched Community Makers, a new volunteering programme.

It provides opportunities for those who want to get involved.

Inspire said: “During the pandemic we saw a huge number of people stepping up to help in any way they could.

“With Covid restrictions eased, many people are eager to get involved with their communities once more, which means now is the perfect time for Inspire Community Makers to arrive.”

Community Makers was officially launched at the Annual Inspire Awards in September, where some of the categories celebrated the contribution volunteers make to culture, learning and libraries in Nottinghamshire.

The new Community Makers website allows people to search for volunteering roles, much like a jobs board.

Available roles are offered on a ‘free time’ basis, depending on whether you have a couple of hours, a day, or can make a more regular commitment.

Already more than 100 volunteers have signed up as Community Makers, supporting libraries and activities across the county. Current opportunities include volunteering in community partnership libraries, supporting the Youth Arts programme, and helping out at jazz events.

Peter Gaw, Inspire chief executive, said: “This has been a project several years in the making. Whilst we already have many people volunteering with us and playing a vital role in what we do, our new Community Makers website will help us streamline the process and make it quicker and simpler to sign up.

“Volunteers are a key part of our service; bringing experience, ideas and inspiration, delivering and supporting our vision to help the people of Nottinghamshire to read, learn and enjoy culture.

“Whatever your interest and no matter how much time you have — whether it’s a few minutes, a couple of hours, or a day — you can get involved and become an Inspire Volunteer.“

Go to to find out more and sign up.