It’s been a while since we last sent an update, and we’re happy to now share news about the library, foodbank and plans for the autumn.
We have spent the last month putting COVID-19 safety measures in place and are pleased to share that the Mill Hill Partnership Library is now lending books again (in a very different COVID-secure way – more on this below).
At the beginning of lockdown we started a foodbank to provide support in the local area. The generosity of local people and organisations has been incredible, and means that we can continue this service into the autumn. If you or anyone you know needs support, please check below for more information.
Many of our activities were suspended during lockdown or, in the case of Mill Hill Chill, moved online. We know that we’ve missed seeing people, and imagine you might too, so we are thinking hard about how we can come together this autumn. We’d love to hear your ideas, so do send us an email.
Stay well and best wishes from all of us at the NW7hub
Mill Hill Partnership Library
|Select and Collect|
From this week, it is possible to borrow books and more from Mill Hill Partnership Library again, with the Barnet Libraries ‘Select and Collect’ service. It has been a success in other libraries, so we’re excited to start offering it here in Mill Hill.
The Select and Collect service means that you can borrow items while Barnet Libraries are still closed for browsing. Items need to be requested in advance (via phone, online or email) and then a notification will be sent when they are ready to collect from the front door of the library.
There are two collection slots available, but please wait until you have been notified before turning up – we aren’t able to pick items for you if they haven’t been requested in advance.
For more information about how Select and Collect works, and to request books and more, visit the Barnet Libraries website.
Items can now also be returned, just drop them in the blue ‘Dropbox’ to the right of our front door.
There are a number of safety measures in place, and we ask that you abide by social distancing when picking up items, as well as wearing a mask (unless exempt) and sanitising your hands. The collection point is at the front entrance of the building. Please note, there is no access allowed to the building itself, including for toilets or PCs.
|Open to all who need it.|
We are committed to continuing our Foodbank service into the autumn as the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop. We are open to all who need it, and do not require vouchers or referrals. If you are struggling financially and need essentials such as food and toiletries, drop in during our opening times.
We’ve updating our opening times, and are now open –
We have moved the Foodbank to a new room with more storage, still in the Mill Hill Library building on Hartley Avenue. When you arrive, please ring the doorbell to let us know you’re coming, and then walk down the right hand side of the building (past the fence) to the entrance at the back of the building.
We are anticipating a rise in demand over the coming months, and would be grateful for donations. At the moment we are in particular need of the following:Pasta sauceCurry sauceTinned meat/fishTinned soupTinned pulses eg chickpeasCooking oil (max 1ltr)PastaCoffeeBiscuitsTinned fruit and dessertsToilet rollSanitary products eg tamponsWashing detergent / soap powderDonations can be dropped off during opening hours, or we may be able to arrange a collection from your house.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Foodbank so far.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
|We have put safety measures in place across the building. Please help us to stay safe by following these. Access to the building is for specific activities only, we are not open for general use.We are not offering any high-contact services, including photocopying and printing.If you are entering the building for an activity, it is compulsory to sanitise your hands and wear a mask (unless exempt). You must keep 1-2m apart at all times and contact details will be recorded for Test and Trace.Please do not visit the building if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.Thank you for helping us stay safe.|