Cobbett Hub and Library was saved from closure by SCA Group , Unexpected Places and the Friends of Cobbett Road Library in June 2016. Prior to this Cobbett Road Library, as the building was previously known, was run by Southampton City Council.
How we are working together – the future of Cobbett Hub and Library
We aim to develop the existing library into a community hub where diverse groups of people can enjoy a range of activities, hold meetings, and rent hot-desk space. We also want to ensure that the library is used to improve employment opportunities for all, in particular removing barriers to work for those with mental health and learning difficulties.
We want the community to see Cobbett Hub and Library as a space where they can bump into each other, where isolation is reduced and people are enabled to socialise.
We believe literacy skills and the love of reading are key to being able to participate fully in the community, and the library offers the opportunity to build on reading as a key skill whether for enjoyment, education or employability.
Some of our ideas for the future include:
- a Community Café
- drama groups
- creative art activities
- book clubs
- meet and greets
- specialist talks.
We hope this variety will ensure Cobbett Hub and Library engages with different age groups, enabling it to become a multi-purpose space, with multi-generational use.
SCA Group plan to develop some of their advocacy services in the hub, and to build upon their information, advice and guidance role.
We aim to create numerous opportunities to develop specific group work with particular groups of people in an inclusive environment. A space for all generations to enjoy together.
We will be maintaining the current library services in partnership with Southampton City Council .
We will be working with local people, as well the Friends of Cobbett Road Library, enabling volunteers to help run the library, as well as looking at how we can raise funds commercially to develop a vibrant space.
Left to Right: Rachel Hickman (Friends of Cobbett Road Library), Kevin Lancashire (Friends of Cobbett Road Library), Ruth Marriott (SCA Group), Rosanna Sloan (Unexpected Places).