Newbury Library awarded 'Sanctuary' status
Newbury Library has been awarded Library of Sanctuary status in recognition of its work in welcoming and supporting refugees and others seeking sanctuary.
The Award, given by City of Sanctuary UK, recognises the important role that public libraries play in welcoming refugees and people seeking sanctuary in our communities, and celebrates the libraries that go above and beyond to show solidarity, welcome and compassion for people from a forced displacement background.
Newbury Library's application for this award included details of the work they do with local organisation Educafe, working in partnership with local service providers to embrace different cultures and promote social inclusion, health and wellbeing through events, food, education and language support.
Janine Lewis West Berkshire's incoming Executive Member for Culture, Leisure, Sport and Countryside says,
"It's such a brilliant accolade for Newbury Library to be recognised in this way. For many, libraries have always been safe spaces and for Newbury Library to be officially noted as a place of sanctuary is wholly deserved. Their doors are open to everyone six days a week and they offer an incredible range of free activities, help and support to people of all ages."
"The work they do with Educafe is particularly special and has put them firmly on the map as being a key part of the effort to build a more welcoming UK for people forced to flee their homes."
There will be a special celebration in Newbury Library on Wednesday 21 June at 1pm to mark this award.