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New Little Free Library at Meadow Well Connected

Photo Credit – Anthony Todd

The second of our SAINT project’s Little Free Libraries is now in place outside Meadow Well Connected, in the Meadow Well Estate North Shields. The library has been lovingly constructed by volunteers from VODA’s SAINT project and from Meadow Well Connected. The volunteers have also learnt a range of carpentry and contruction skills in the planning and building of the library.

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community.

Visit the Little Free Library website to view the location of all the libraries.

Photos credit – Anthony Todd

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Little Free Library unveiling

This week we unveiled our Little Free Library at The Rising Sun Country Park. This project was developed and constructed with students from Longbenton High School Melrose department with support from SAINT and CAN DO volunteers.

Little Free Library is a community scheme where members of the public are encouraged to take and leave their favourite books. We think The Rising Sun Country Park is a great venue for the Little Free Library and we hope that visitors to the centre will enjoy borrowing and leaving books when at the park.

We had a fantastic time building the Little Free Library and the young people involved learned some valuable skills in construction, teamwork and joinery. Our volunteers also got a lot out of working with these young people to achieve their goal of installing the Little Free Library.

A big thanks to Heather and her team at The Rising Sun Country Park for installing it and to Bay Plastics for providing us a free cut to size Perspex window.

You can view our library on the world map and read more about Little Free Library here

If you have an idea for a community or social action project, please get in touch.

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Volunteers wanted to help people with their Universal Credit applications

Volunteers from VODA’s SAINT (Social Action in North Tyneside) project are supporting local people with their Universal Credit applications now that the new benefit is being rolled out in North Tyneside.

Universal Credit is a working age benefit. This means it is payable from 18 years up to Pension Credit qualifying age. It can also be paid to 16 and 17-year olds in limited circumstances. To date, Universal Credit has only been available to single claimants but from 2 May 2018 it has become available in North Tyneside to couples and families making a new claim for certain benefits.

Due to this being a new benefit system, and the fact that all applications need to be made online, a number of individuals are facing difficulty completing their applications. SAINT volunteers have been supporting those who access The Citizens Advice Bureau in North Shields for Universal Credit advice to make their online applications.

We are currently looking for more volunteers to get involved and help people overcome the barriers to claiming Universal Credit. The volunteers currently meet on Thursdays between 10am and 1pm – training is provided but please note, a good level of IT skills is essential to this role.

Download the full volunteer role description for more information or contact Josie Robinson at VODA for further details.

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