Paid Summer Work Experience Opportunity July/August 2018

Work Experience Facebook ExampleApplications for paid work experience at Penguin Random House in July & August are now open.

You’ll spend two weeks in one of Penguin Random House’s departments, such as Editorial, Marketing, Publicity or Sales. The applications will close 23rd May 2018 at 9am.

You can find out more and apply at https://www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/your-career/work-experience

Applicants must be over 18 when they begin their placement, have not done a placement with Penguin Random House in the last six months and have the right to work and train in the UK.

 

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Reminder: Artizan St Library new opening times start today

This is just a reminder that following our successful campaign with local residents the new opening hours at Artizan Street Library start today.  Please do spread the word!DbI2z-8XcAI0wNu

 

Portsoken residents – Need help to get to the City-wide Residents’ meetings on Wednesday 9th May 2018?

Need help to get to the City-wide Residents’ meetings on Wednesday 9th May? The City of London has offered free transport to Portsoken residents. If you need help to get there please contact Sophie Caley by 4 May: sophie.caley@cityoflondon.gov.uk or call 020 7606 3030 (ask for Sophie Caley)

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We won! City of London announces new hours at Artizan Street Library

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After a well publicised local campaign, I am pleased to announce that the City of London has agreed to extend the hours at Artizan Street Community Library. This is fantastic news! In addition to extending the hours the City will also now be trialling a Saturday opening slot for six months.

From 14th May 2018 the new Library hours will be as follows:

Monday- 8am-7pm
Tuesday- 8am-5.30pm
Wednesday- 8am-5.30pm
Thursday- 8am-5.30pm
Friday- 8am-5.30pm
Saturday- 9am-1pm

This really is tremendous news for the local community and it will now mean that this wonderful resource is available for even more people to use on a daily basis. Please do spread the word and let people know about the new opening times to ensure as many people benefit from the new hours as possible. Once again this result demonstrates that when residents come together on local issues we can influence positive change in the community and get our voices heard.

Thank you to everyone who signed the petition and to the parents who came to the Guildhall last month to hand-in the petition. We couldn’t have got this result without all of your support.

Well done everyone!

Best regards

Jason Pritchard

Middlesex Street Resident and Common Councilman for the ward of Portsoken

Feedback following our library petition hand-in at the Guildhall

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Residents hand-in petition at the Guildhall with Head of Barbican & Community Library Services Carol Boswarthack and the Chair of the Culture, Heritage & Libraries Committee Graham Packham

Report by Jason Pritchard CC

Good news! Earlier today I went with a small group of residents to hand in our Artizan Street library petition and to speak with the Head of Barbican & Community Library Services Carol Boswarthack and the Chair of the Culture, Heritage & Libraries Committee Graham Packham at the Guildhall. The petition gathered 115 signatures from local people and sent a clear message that we want better hours to fit the community. I am pleased to say the meeting went very well.

Both Ms Boswarthack and Mr Packham CC have agreed with residents that the current hours at the library are simply not working for the local community and subject to the final feedback from the City of London Opening Hours survey are positively exploring options to:

a) open the library beyond 4pm on weekdays so that schoolchildren and working people can enjoy more time in the library

b) trial Saturday opening hours for local residents and families

It was clear today that the City has been listening to the message from local residents which is great news and although officially they cannot announce new hours until after their survey close date it was pretty clear there is going to be a change for the better.

Thank you to the 115 people who signed the Library petition and helped put this issue firmly on the agenda. This demonstrates that when residents come together on local issues we can influence positive change in the community and get our voices heard.

Please help keep the pressure on by sharing the Artizan Street Library survey below by email or on social media.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/artizanhours

The survey closing date is the 25th March so please do make sure you complete the survey and spread the word. The City of London have promised to publish their new library opening hours plans by the 1st April.

We will keep you updated on developments and hope to share more good news on this local campaign in the near future.

Best regards

Jason Pritchard

Middlesex Street Resident and Common Councilman for the ward of Portsoken

 

Can you join us to hand in our Artizan St Library petition?

We’ve reached a crucial point in our campaign – next week, we’re going to be delivering our petition to the Head of Barbican and Community Libraries and the Chairman of the Culture, Heritage & Libraries Committee.

There’s a key decision deadline later this month, so now is the time to put the pressure on and make sure we get the right outcome. There are three ways you can help:

1. Share the petition one more time so we can get a final push on signatures before the hand-in:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/opening-hours-to-suit-the-community-at-artizan-street-library-1

2. VERY IMPORTANT: Complete the City of London Artizan St Library survey as soon as possible. It only take 5 minutes to complete:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/artizanhours

3. If you can make it, come along for the group photo on Tuesday 13th March at 09:15am outside Artizan Street library. We want to get as many local people present for the photo before the petition is delivered later in the day at the Guildhall. The more of us that are there, the more impact we can have.

If you’re planning to come or have any questions, just email jason4portsoken@gmail.com

 

Update on Artizan Street Library Petition

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Good news! On the back of our petition which received over 100 signatures, the City of London this week announced a review into opening hours at Artizan St Library in order to make the library more accessible to children, families & workers. Result! Thanks to all who signed the petition and helped make this issue a hot topic.

Now we need your help with the next stage. The City has said: “We want to plan any changes around an understanding of the needs and preferences of our local community, so we would be grateful if everyone who currently uses Artizan St library could complete our survey.”

You can do this by going to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/artizanhours or by visiting the library during opening hours to fill out a paper copy. The Library will collect responses until 25th March. They will then publish their plans by 1st April.

Please make sure your voice is heard and take a moment to complete the survey. We need opening hours that work for our community.