A few months ago Bexley Council invited community organisations to come forward to apply to run Blackfen Library. As New Generation Church, we have been part of this process and last year we heard the exciting news that we have been appointed to run the Library from next April. The library is a busy and lively community hub and we want to build on its success, continuing to provide a great library service and creative space for the community of Blackfen.
New Generation Church has been serving the community for over 40 years both locally and overseas; through running a Community Centre in Sidcup, kids clubs, a breakfast club, care for the elderly, youth drop-in bus, Christmas hamper giveaway, Park Pastors, community football teams, supporting a slum project in India, Kanga Wrap social enterprise and lots more. We have also consistently served the community through the award winning Lark in the Park summer event and next year we’ll be celebrating 20 years of this free summer festival. In 2013 we pioneered the opening of Bexley’s first Free School; Hope Community School, which was judged a Good School with Outstanding Behaviour and Safety in its recent Ofsted inspection. We’ve recently been awarded the Safer Bexley Mark for our safeguarding practices, and over the years we have won various awards from the Civic Outstanding Achievement Award to the Bexley Council Environmental Award. We work with the local Police, Councillors and other stakeholders to help deliver services for the whole community.
We are excited about the opportunity to run Blackfen Library, and we are looking forward to working with other local groups and listening to the ideas and needs of the community of Blackfen. We will continue to run some of the existing groups and activities, whilst also adding a new cafe, kids clubs, story telling groups and other courses to serve the people of Blackfen.