Thanet libraries bringing people together, tackling isolation and promoting volunteering

Image of a woman standing infront of shelves of colourful library books, reading a book

Libraries in Thanet are part of a major new initiative to create volunteering opportunities and support those experiencing loneliness.

An £85,000 grant will allow Thanet libraries to run a range of activities and events over the course of the next year. Examples of the activities include walking and gardening for wellbeing, children’s craft activities, menopause cafes, family learning support events and social prescribing.

The Know Your Neighbourhood project is a national initiative aiming to widen participation in volunteering and tackle loneliness in 27 disadvantaged areas across England, one of those areas being Thanet libraries which have received a share of £2.5 million of the £30 million fund other recipients include museums, arts organisations and charities.

A key focus of the Know Your Neighbourhood Fund will be to generate evidence on how people in disadvantaged areas can best be supported to volunteer and improve their social connections.

Kent County Council member Clair Bell

Our libraries are warm, welcoming places that anyone can access.

Clair Bell KCC's Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, Clair Bell, said: “Our libraries are warm, welcoming places that anyone can access. They are ideal locations to deliver activities that bring people and communities together, improve wellbeing and offer a real sense of enjoyment.

“I would encourage anyone to give their local library a visit and if interested in learning more about our offers to speak to a member of our team in Thanet to find out more about how they can take part and even volunteer.”


Notes to editors

Information on all the events that will be taking place please go to

For more information on the Know Your Neighbourhood Fund, and further quotes, please see

For more on volunteering visit: