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Free training 'Working with New Arrivals' to libraries across SW peninsula

The Peninsula of Sanctuary: Libraries Project is now offering free training as part of its core offer to colleagues working in libraries in all sectors across Devon and Cornwall - including of course council areas Torbay and Plymouth, Project Officer, Jane Choules, reports.

Led by John Vincent, author of Libraries and Sanctuary: Supporting Refugees and New Arrivals (Facet Publishing, 2022) and founder of The Network, the training will run twice online and once in person at Plymouth Marjon University Library.

The course includes:

  • A recap of what we know about people seeking sanctuary and other new arrivals and how this relates to the role libraries can play in support

  • Information on what libraries in different sectors are already doing to offer a welcome and what more we could develop

  • What it means to become a City of Sanctuary and a Library of Sanctuary

Don't miss this opportunity and book one of the three sessions below. Places for the in-person course on 30 June are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

A limited number of bursaries for travel and other costs are available. Please email for more detail.

Thursday 20th April, 10-12 Online via Zoom:

Monday 22nd May, 2-4 Online via Zoom:

Friday 30th June, 10-1 in person at Plymouth Marjon University:

The Forum is now live with a growing membership. It's an informative and safe online best-practice group to share information, plans and ideas to make our libraries more welcoming and accessible for all new arrivals throughout Devon and Cornwall. To join just drop us an email with your details.


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