For volunteer-led public libraries like Stannington, fund-raising is an important part of everyday working. Though the Stannington Library does receive some funding from Sheffield City Council, this underwrites only a small proportion of library expenditure. Strong relationships within the community, especially with local businesses, are therefore essential to maintaining the flow of revenue that keeps the library running.

Making hats for Santa: children at Stannington Library’s StoryTime, one of the volunteer groups supporting by the Co-op Local Community Fund

For two years, Stannington Library has enjoyed a positive relationship with the Co-op Local Community Fund. As a nominated local good cause in two Co-op Foodstores – Stannington Road and Oldfield Road – it has received some welcome financial boosts.

This year, thanks to customers using their membership cards when they shop in the Co-op, more than £3,900 has been raised. This money will support two pre-school groups run in the library by volunteers, and the Tuesday Club – a friendship group for anyone feeling isolated or wanting to make new friends.

STAND (Stannington & District Library Group) was formed in 2013 after two public meetings that explored the issues raised by Sheffield City Council’s announced withdrawal of formal support for Stannington Library. Since then, the group has been formalised, a committee was formed and teams of volunteers were recruited