I have been out of the Library twice in the last couple of weeks promoting the Clarets Collected and looking to recruit volunteers to work with the collection.
The first of these was – appropriately enough! – held in one of the suites at Turf Moor on 5th December, and was a networking event with others from Cultural Services and the wider Education and Children’s Service Directorate, under who’s auspices the Archives Service sits.
I was able to display a good cross section of items in the Collection, talked to many colleagues about it and what we are looking to do as we develop further. Several went away with our information cards with the promise to bring us to the attention of people they knew who would be interested.
Then on 14th December I attended the official opening of the new “Volunteering for Wellbeing & Community Hub” at Gannow Lane Community Centre in Burnley. The Hub is run by the Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service, and as this would suggest was another ideal opportunity to publicise the Collection and what we are offering in the way of volunteer opportunities.
I am happy to say many promising connections were made on the day, and things are looking really exciting for the New Year as more volunteers are already coming forward to help make this wonderful Collection more accessible to all.