Tuesday 7 January 2020

Adult education classes and social work team to move into Willesden Green Library

Announcement from Brent Council:

Exciting new changes will be coming to The Library at Willesden Green this year, including two new classrooms for Brent Start and the arrival of a team of social workers supporting Brent’s children and young people.

This is the start of a new era for The Library at Willesden Green. Since its opening in 2015, it has been serving the local community through its library services, teaching visitors about Brent’s rich cultural heritage through the Museum and Archives and through being a Community Hub for vulnerable residents to help them access council services.

The new improvements include the creation of two new modern classrooms for Brent Start*, an adult education college offering skills and employment training for local people. The classrooms will be located at the front of the building, showcasing to passers-by what a fantastic initiative this is. This will increase awareness of the courses on offer and encourage more to take advantage of education and training opportunities to improve the lives of Brent residents.

A team of social workers will also be moving into the top floor of the library, giving them the opportunity to be even closer to the children and young people they work with and have an office space fit for their needs. This is in line with our commitment to helping to improve the outcomes for all our young people.

These changes will enhance the services we provide in The Library at Willesden Green, a space that is already so versatile in its offering for Brent residents.

The library also boasts a number of spaces that can hired by anyone for cultural or other activities, which include a performance space, exhibition gallery, education room and reading room.
Changes are expected to be in place by Summer 2020, and in the meantime, library services will continue as normal.

*Editor's note: The Cabinet will be discussing plans to redevelop the Brent Start premises in Harlesden-Stonebridge which will require decanting of classes to the building that previously housed the Stonebrudge Primary School  Annex.

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