The Park Bench is a voluntary charitable organisation which aims to provide access to a lending library service for people in Bristol who find it difficult to register with the Public Library. We are not aligned to any other organisation, but have received some funding from Quaker Housing Action, who run a mobile library for the homeless in London, and we have had a lot of encouragement and support from Bristol Central Library.We are running a library service at Carpenter House (The Wild Goose) every Friday morning at 10:30 and an evening session at Logos House on Thursdays between 6 and 7pm.
If you think you would be able to help or just want to know more please contact us by email : TheParkBenchBristol@gmail.com
Our first session was on September 23rd 2005, and we are currently achieving all we set out to do - establishing an inviting presence and lending a few books.
You can access the Annual Report and minutes of our meetings and monitoring reports from the Documents pages. We are running a deliberately low profile service so don't need much to keep going but will always be in need of a range of books in good physical condition.
We currently have adequate numbers of regular and reliable volunteers for the services we provide but feel free to offer your time in the following ways :-as a volunteer who can help with management, admin and running the library (Download Form)as a member who can support the charity, its trustees and management by attending general meetings (Download Form)To see what's going on around Bristol to help homeless people and prevent homelessness check out Bristol Homeless Forum .