Aura Wales was recently delighted to secure £300,000 of funding for improvement works at Flint Library through a successful capital grant application to the Welsh Government’s Museums, Archives and Libraries Division (MALD). In addition to the £300,000, both Aura Wales and Flintshire Country Council will also contribute to the development, totalling £360,000 in new investment.
This funding will transform the library, making it a more flexible space where the community can benefit in lots of different ways. Work will begin in September 2019 and will include a community kitchen, a heritage exhibition area and space for a community garden. The current training rooms and main library will also be redesigned and transformed in order to create more flexible community spaces. By incorporating these changes, Aura hopes the development will provide a well-being hub, aiding us in achieving our purpose of helping the community through the provision of culture and leisure opportunities that improve mental health and physical well-being.
The library will be refurbished and modernised to include self-service machines and updated ICT and digital services. The development’s design will also highlight Aura’s commitment to becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation.
“As a Flint resident, I am really excited about the new development at Flint Library. I use the Library regularly as it is and am especially looking forward to getting involved with the community garden”, said a current user of Flint Library.
Flint Town Councillor Michelle Perfect, expressed her enthusiasm about the funding, saying: “This is a really positive development and much welcomed investment into Flint Library. This funding will make the library into a vibrant hub for the whole of the town and I look forward to seeing its potential being realised.”
Library manager, Susannah Hill, similarly expressed her excitement about the development, commenting: “The library transformation will enable us to deliver our services in new ways and offer much more to the Flint community. The library will become a more modern and flexible space to explore stories and information and allow us to offer a variety of activities and events for everyone.”
This funding represents an exciting new opportunity for Aura Wales as we continue our mission as a not-for-profit organisation, benefitting the community of Flintshire.