Crewe people in crisis turning to Cheshire East libraries for help and advice

By Belinda Ryan - Local Democracy Reporter

29th Jun 2022 | Local News

Crewe Library is inside Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Moss Square. Local people in crisis are turning to local libraries for help, support and advice (Crewe Nub News).
Crewe Library is inside Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Moss Square. Local people in crisis are turning to local libraries for help, support and advice (Crewe Nub News).

Crewe people in crisis and other locals needing help are turning to local libraries for support and advice - according to a Cheshire East Council document.

Some vulnerable people have picked up food and others have received items such as duvets and hot water bottles after seeking help in Cheshire East libraries.

A report due to go before Friday's (July 1) meeting of the environment and communities committee says: "Adults coming in to browse the book stock and borrowing of books has not returned to pre-pandemic levels yet.

Crewe Library staff during COVID-19 social distancing measures. Local people have come to Cheshire east libraries to pick up food and other equipment, such as duvets (Crewe Library).

"However, we are seeing more people in crisis and more people needing low levels of support to enable them to help themselves."

"Winter wellbeing resources were delivered to all Cheshire East libraries enabling other agencies working in communities and library staff to provide residents in need with much needed equipment."

According to the report, this equipment includes duvets, hot water bottles, gloves, and slow cookers.

A family that are wanting to move into a Crewe rented flat have recently come into Nantwich library to pick up food and other equipment.

The report adds: "One family that came into Nantwich library to pick up some food and other things expressed how grateful they were to the library for helping them.

Nantwich Library, Beam Street. A family that are wanting to move into a Crewe rented flat have recently come into Nantwich library to pick up food and other equipment (Google).

"As a result they have been moved from their tent into a B&B and are awaiting a permanent move into a rented flat in Crewe."

The annual performance review states the face-to-face council customer service points within libraries continue to add significant value for many residents.

Staff had helped a number of people, including a 94-year-old woman who sought help because her pension that hadn't been paid.

"The staff phoned DWP and were able to sort the issue," stated the report.

"She commented that she has been a library customer since the 1960s and she didn't know where else to go."

When it comes to the traditional uses associated with libraries, the report states children's usage continues to grow and informal learning activities for adults are very popular.

Computers inside Crewe Library. In 2021-22, over 1.5 million books were borrowed from Cheshire East libraries (Crewe Library).

In 2021-22, 1,528,857 books were borrowed from Cheshire East libraries.

Adults borrowed a total figure of 782,115 books, with children also borrowing 735,395.

READ MORE: Council aims to 'mitigate unnecessary congestion' in Crewe following roads meeting.

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