Our local library is incredible – but it needs your help to stay that way

York Gardens Library

York Gardens Library

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.

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I ♥ Evelyn Grace: Lessons from Brixton’s stunning new school

This afternoon I took a tour around the wonderful Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton. The building recently won the Stirling Prize, British architecture’s top award, and it is a marvel: four schools lock together on a tight small urban site in a stylish concrete and glass swoosh. A 100m running track cuts through the heart of the zig-zag complex.

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