LIBRARIES ACROSS FLINTSHIRE TO OFFER LONGER OPENING HOURS

COMMENCING 8TH MAY 2018

Aura Leisure and Libraries Limited, in partnership with Flintshire County Council, has announced plans to improve and extend opening hours across library sites to enable better access to services for residents.

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From Tuesday 8th May 2018 our libraries will be changing their opening hours to allow for increased, easier and more convenient access for our customers. This will mean that all sites will be open from 9am and will also be open 9am to 1pm every Saturday. Each branch will also have at least one evening per week where they open until 6pm. The new opening hours offer an increase across the service from 275 hours to 284 hours.

Aura Leisure and Libraries Ltd is committed to continually improving the standard of service to our customers. We recently reviewed how the majority of our customers utilised the library service and looked at how we could best meet demand. We found that our customers would prefer that we open earlier in the day during the week and close later on a Saturday. We found that between 6 and 7pm we had minimal visits and issues so we decided to use that time and staffing resource in a smarter way for our customers without incurring any additional costings. Aura will continue to review opening hours across our libraries as we continue on our journey as a new employee-owned, not-for-profit organisation.

There are a number of ways you can still access library services after 6pm. The Self Service library facility at Deeside, within the Leisure Centre, is open from 6am until 10pm throughout the week. (Deeside Library is staffed between 1pm and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturday).

You can also access our library service online 24 hours a day at www.aura.wales/libraries

The new library opening hours will contribute to Aura’s purpose ‘to benefit the community by improving quality of life through the provision of culture and leisure opportunities that improve mental health and physical well-being.’ We want to increase opportunities for people to access our library services across Flintshire and enable ‘More people, more active minds and bodies, more often’.

Foundation Trainee 2018

Aura Leisure and Libraries are extremely proud of Emma winning Foundation Trainee 2018. When Emma commenced in September 2017 her enthusiasm and positivity for any task has been an inspiration. She has worked at Flint, Connah’s Quay and Mold libraries and her passion for Aura has been felt at each and every place she has worked. She has visibly raised morale within the teams resulting in her colleagues asking for her to come back as a permanent fixture!

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Emma goes above and beyond. Her recent work in Mold was exceptional, she independently managed a project with schools – developing positive relationship with teachers and children alike. As a result she has been asked to present her work with the bilingual school within Aura as a model of good practice at the CILIP Cymru Conference at Aberystwyth in May.

Manager quote submitted for the application:
“Emma has been an inspiration to other colleagues in the workplace providing them with new and creative ideas.”

Background

Each year two Trainees are chosen from across the organisation as Flintshire Trainees of the year.

  • Foundation Trainee of the year (level 2)
  • Trainee of the year (level 3 and above)

Nominations for the award are put forward by course tutors, managers and Assessors. Competition is very high and it is a very difficult decision due to the quality of work and commitment demonstrated by all of the Trainees.
The criteria used to decide:

  • Quality of work
  • contribution in the workplace
  • quality of college work
  • attendance
  • attitude and courtesy

Sports Hub Success

Anti-social behaviour by teenagers which was blighting two villages in Flintshire is on the decline thanks to Friday night football sessions funded by Wales & West Housing.

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Following growing reports of young people committing criminal damage, playing football on business premises and throwing eggs at vehicles in Ewloe and Hawarden, the housing association stepped in to support the solution devised by North Wales Police and Flintshire Council to tackle the problem.

More than 20 youngsters aged 12-17 now attend a weekly football session at Hawarden High School run by police community support officer (PCSO) Stephanie Jones and Dan Williams, school and community sports coordinator from Aura Leisure and Libraries.

Many of the anti-social behaviour suspects blamed their actions on boredom and having nothing to do after school. But with the regular activity in place since September last year ASB crime in Ewloe and Hawarden is declining – and relations between the police and young people are on the way up.

PCSO Stephanie Jones said: “Myself and Dan both felt that Hawarden and Ewloe were lacking positive activities that could be utilised by local young people to entertain their time more constructively outside of school.

“Wales & West Housing generously provided £500 of the £750 raised to support the programme, with the rest provided by Flintshire County Council’s ASB tasking committee and Aura Leisure and Libraries.

“The football sessions have definitely had a positive impact on the levels of Anti-Social Behaviour in the area, particularly on Friday evenings.

“Prior to the programme, ASB in Hawarden and Ewloe was a monthly point of discussion at police meetings based on the number of reports we were receiving but six months into our project the area has been removed from the agenda, demonstrating the vast improvement that has occurred.”
The North Wales office of Wales & West Housing is at St David’s Park in Ewloe. Chief executive Anne Hinchey said: “Our sponsorship programme is focused on identifying projects and organisations which match our own vision of making a difference within the community so we are delighted to see the positive impact which the football sessions have had in the area.”

PCSO Jones now hopes to extend the project and expand it in future. She added: “On some of the busiest weeks as many as 50 have attended to take part, which is fantastic.

“Dan and I are present at every session as I feel it’s important to remove barriers between young people and the police, eliminating their preconception of what we do.”

The football sessions take place every Friday evening from 6pm – 7pm at Hawarden High School outdoor pitch and are free to attend for anyone aged 12-17. No advanced booking is needed. Sessions are operated on a drop-in basis so players can just turn up on the night.