Headingley Community Hub was officially opened on the afternoon of 26th November.
The Library part had been in operation since about Easter, but the opening was delayed until the full range of services was present. This includes Headingley Post Office which moved in last week. Their hours differ from that of the hub, in that they are not open on the Sunday. Also, it has emerged since that there is doubt over the continuance of the Saturday opening – “use it or lose it” is the message!
Headingley Rotary, were invited to the opening ceremony, in which Leeds City Councillors for Headingley, Neil Walshaw and Jonathan Pryor did the honours – “cutting” (or in this case, pulling) the large red ribbon attached to the counter! It was pointed out that in these times of stringent cut-backs on public funding the ribbon was reusable! We were allowed to display our banner and left some laminated publicity sheets – a display is promised.
The Hub provides many services in addition to those traditionally associated with a library – books, a reader’s group, plus Rhymetime and Storytime for infants and banks of computers. The staff will help those struggling to use them especially if trying to access Council services and IT sessions are also run. The Hub plays host to numerous advisors e.g. family law, finance, (Leeds City Credit Union and Money Buddies), housing, employment (Job Shop & Remploy) and volunteering information (Voluntary Action Leeds), Adult Social care queries (Social Worker) as well as hosting Councillors surgeries monthly.
We enjoyed a cup of tea and a piece of cake in a humming, vibrant atmosphere. The new space seemed much bigger than before, there is still a large selection of books to choose from and a little comfy seating in order to mull over the final choice! Finally – it is a seven day a week operation, opening 9 a.m. all days except Sunday – 11a.m. The closing time varies – 5.30 p.m. is the standard, but on Tuesday and Thursday it stays open until 7.00 p.m. and closes early -3.00 p.m. on Sunday. We wish it well – it looks set to live up to its name!