Glastonbury’s new ‘Library hub’ invites you to join in the celebrations at its official grand opening next month.
The new public sector services hub in Orchard Court opened its doors in July offering a range of public sector services under one roof including the Library, the Children’s Centre, Registration Services and Mendip District Council’s Access Point.
It has already been a big hit and to celebrate its formal opening on Wednesday 5 October a morning of events will showcase what it has to offer.
Visitors will be greeted by Bookstart Bear and activities will include:
- Live music from Duncan Batey
- A children’s story time (up to 5 years old) and stories from the Bard and Young Bard of Glastonbury
- A wedding and Registration Services clinic
- Awareness sessions on Fostering and Adoption, the YMCA, Somerset Choices and Travel Somerset
- Displays from Mendip District Council
- A baby group and baby weighing
There will also be information stands and staff on hand so you can find out more about county and district services such as Getset Children’s Centres, health visitors and midwives, Age UK Somerset, Health Connections Mendip and a children’s nursery.
David Hall, Cabinet Member for Business, Investment and Policy, said; “The feedback since the hub opened has been excellent and I hope this event will introduce even more people to what it has to offer.
“This is the start of a very exciting new venture for Somerset County Council and our partners. Sharing space with organisations like district councils, NHS and Citizen’s Advice means residents can access lots of help in one place and allows us to make valuable savings at a time when our budgets are under huge pressure.”
More hubs are planned for other areas in Somerset and proposals are being considered for similar schemes across the county. As well as easier access to more services, sharing spaces means the council can reduce running costs and sell redundant buildings – helping protect frontline services in a time of shrinking budgets.
The move to the Glastonbury hub is expected to save the County Council in excess of £1m and the Customer Access & Shared Assets project as a whole to save around £3.5m.
Somerset County Council has made more than £100m of savings over the last five years and the council expects to lose a further £40m of direct government funding by 2020/21. Meanwhile, costs increase, for example over the last three years the council has had to spend an extra our £8m supporting vulnerable adults.