Something special is happening at York Gardens Library. Each Saturday from 10am more than a dozen teenagers from the local estates receive free one-on-one tuition to help with their GCSE Maths and English.
This support is provided by volunteers – and it makes a real difference. “The free tutoring came at just the right time and helped me pass the subjects I was struggling in,” says local teenager Una. Her mother was delighted that Una could go on to a good college after tutoring improved her Maths grade to a C.
This fantastic scheme is just what we hoped for when a community campaign saved York Gardens Library from closure last year.
Last week there was more good news: Lloyds Banking Group’s Community Fund awarded £5,000 to the Library, following a public vote.
Unfortunately, just a few yards away from the library the scene is grim. What was the local Adventure Playground is now a muddy pile of wooden poles.
Local parents opposed Wandsworth’s decision to demolish the playground, and their children have plenty to say too:
- “Stop ruining children’s fun” says Sophia, age 13.
- “This is my favourite playground by far and I have loved it ever since I was a kid”, says Lily, age 14.
- “Booo! Jerks!” says Ariane, age 11.
More diggers will soon be on York Gardens: Thames Water looks set to insist on three years of disruptive work to build their 9m-wide ‘Super Sewer’ shaft right between the library and the playground. This will mean a peak of 10 trucks a day driving within a few yards of the library’s Community Centre, which is used by the pensioners of the wonderful Lavender Bridge Club.
So our Library faces a turbulent few years, but we can all help. To continue running it must earn £75,000 a year in rental bookings. Please consider the library’s four rooms (capacity from 4 up to 75) if you are planning a birthday or wedding, or if a local club needs a new home.
York Gardens Library and Community Centre will stay open as long as there are people willing to support it.