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Skipton 'Library of Things' set to open in former charity shop

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Newly-formed charity Share Skipton has announced it will be running its 'Library of Things' from the former SCAD charity shop on Newmarket Street in the town.

The shop, which has been empty since December 2022, will be upgraded by Share Skipton using funding received from the government’s Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF), through North Yorkshire Council's Community Climate Action Programme. This was part-matched by grant funding already received from local environmental consultancy, Beyondly.

The funding will be used to refurbish and improve the energy efficiency of the premises, fit the shop out ready for use as a library of things, and support the running costs until March 2025. By enabling local people to borrow rather than buy things they only use occasionally, Share Skipton hopes to reduce consumption, waste and C02 emissions, as well as help local people to save money and storage space.

Share Skipton chair Angela Monaghan says: “We are very excited about moving into our new premises, which we think are just right for the library of things. There is a lot of hard work still to be done before we can open, and much depends on the support of our local communities, but we hope we’ll be up and running by mid-summer.”

Sam Healey, Share Skipton Development Officer, added “Now we have a base, we can start receiving donations of things for our library. Most useful are things that people only use from time-to-time, such as a gazebo, pressure washer, tent, DIY and garden tools, or carpet cleaner.

"If you think you might have something useful to Share Skipton, that you are willing to donate, please get in touch.”

Share Skipton will also soon be recruiting volunteers to help run the library. Roles to be filled include librarian, PAT tester, repair technician, social media champion, trustee, and admin support.

For more information on Share Skipton, including the wish list for donations of things and how to volunteer, see shareskipton.org - or find them on social media.

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