Important Reminders

Shropshire and Telford STP has received some money to work up a bid to NHS England to develop an integrated volunteering programme. The STP has put the VCS at the heart of this and Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership has been working with the steering group to progress things on behalf of the sector.

Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) has developed a survey to gather evidence of the current activity of volunteers in Shropshire and Telford. SIP would be most grateful if you would circulate the following link to your volunteers and ask if they would complete the survey.

The average length of time taken so far by respondents is 6 minutes so it’s not onerous and it is completely confidential. This evidence will provide an interesting picture of what volunteering in Shropshire looks like, regardless of the outcome of the bid. We’d really like to get as many responses in as possible. Access the survey here:

Thank you so much for your help!


Volunteers – Human Library needs you!

The Human Library publishes people as open books to challenge stereotypes and prejudices through conversation.At Human Library events, volunteers will answer questions and chat with ‘readers’ about their personal experience on a given topic. Examples of current topics include adoption, anorexia, ‘gay dad’ and ‘married to Asperger’s’.Following two years of successful Human Library events, Shropshire Libraries are recruiting more volunteers in order to organise more events this year.The added events also coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Human Library, and special events are set to be held all over the world in celebration.

Lezley Picton, cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

“The Human Library events over the past two years in Shropshire have been incredibly successful, with 119 people attending twelve events since 2017.

“The success is in no small part down to amazing volunteers kindly giving their time.

“The role is incredibly rewarding. It helps to drive social change and positively support equality, diversity and inclusivity through open conversation in a safe space.

“If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, I would strongly encourage you to get in touch with Shropshire Libraries and help us continue to challenge stereotypes and prejudice together.”

Successful applicants will be given a full induction and training, and regular support and guidance will be given by the Shropshire Human Library organisers.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit the Shropshire libraries website for more information and to apply.

The work by Shropshire Libraries has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals(CILIP) and has been included in the Libraries, Information and Knowledge Changes Lives position paper as an example of good practice to support equality and diversity.

Shropshire Libraries are part of Shropshire Council.

What previous participants have said

“An insight into the process of self-discovery, the hurdles and isolation. The coming to terms with a new way of thinking. As a white person in my cookie cutter life, it is very important to hear these stories. Thank you! We all have the right to be our real self.”

“I learned about dementia and what living with it is like. I knew very little about it before this talk. I learned more about the difficulties gay people faced in the 80s/early 90s before I was born.”

“I really enjoyed hearing the books stories and it definitely made me think about the prejudice and discrimination people are still facing today in 2019 and that there is always more work to be done creating inclusive communities.”

Further information

The Human Library® is a global innovative and hands-on learning platform. We are embedded in high school to higher learning, medical training to civic engagement to better our understanding of diversity in order to help create more inclusive and cohesive communities across cultural, religious, social and ethnic differences.

For more information, visit the Human Library website.

H.I.D.E – Hidden Illness & Disability Exhibition

Exhibition Invitation

12th May 2020,  12- 4pm
The Guildhall
Frankwell Quay

H.I.D.E is a new initiative which has been established to:

Promote and Raise Awareness of Invisible Illness and Disability, through the Organisation and Execution of ‘End User’ Exhibitions. Aiming to Connect People and Groups to Nurture Effective Sharing of Information, Advice and Support.

We would like to invite you to hold a ‘stand’ at this exhibition to raise awareness your group and the support you can offer. This exhibition will provide an opportunity for you to network with likeminded people and promote your services to the public.

With your support we hope to make this Exhibition a biannual event, we kindly ask that you give a donation of £15  towards costs. (£5 refundable on arrival)

On this occasion, due to venue size we are limited to inviting only the groups that reside in within the TF and SY area codes.

We hope that you can join us and look forward to connecting with you.

Please kindly respond by emailing

Kind regards


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