Local MP welcomes Engaging Libraries programme.

Basingstoke’s MP, Maria Miller has welcomed the launch of Carnegie UK Trust new pilot programme, Engaging Libraries, in partnership with the Wellcome Trust.
Engaging Libraries is looking for public libraries across the UK and Ireland that want to pilot creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing. Public libraries have a key role in delivering on health and wellbeing as outlined in national library strategies across the UK and Ireland and the Society of Chief Librarians’ Universal Health Offer.
Engaging Libraries offers:
•              £5,000 – £15,000 to deliver a public engagement project on a health or wellbeing theme. While most applications are expected to fall within this bracket, there is an opportunity to request up to £25,000 for more ambitious projects
•              A package of support from library and public engagement experts
•              Kick-starter day with the opportunity to share project ideas, get advice about public engagement and support to think about your evaluation. There will also be the chance to meet other projects.
•              An external evaluation to ensure learning and experience can be shared more widely.
•              Aiming to support between 8 – 10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018.
Maria said “This is a great opportunity for our local libraries to pilot creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing for Basingstoke residents. I urge all local libraries to get involved!”
Potential applicants are invited to attend one of the applicant workshops running during May 2017. Workshops will be experiential and aimed at building understanding of the Engaging Libraries programme. They will also support ideas generation and development through group and one-to-one sessions with experts and representatives from the two Trusts.
Applications will open on Tuesday 2 May 2017. 
Further information is available at http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/project/engaging-libraries/