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  • 1. Efford Plymouth
  • 2. What is HeadSpace?
    • HeadSpace is a place where you can read, listen, surf, talk, meet friends, enjoy a drink or a snack and generally chill, to your heart’s and head’s content.
    • One of 20 innovative pilot projects in libraries across England
  • 3. Opportunities for 11-19s:
    • Choose activities and projects
    • Host events
    • Create online content
    • Photograph events and activities
    • Choose books, consoles and games
    • Use technology
    • Organise and attend promotional events
    • Read and review books
    • Volunteer at HeadSpace
    • Use a wide range of library services
  • 4. What’s happening at HeadSpace?
    • Manga drawing workshops
    • Nintendo Wii tournaments
    • Blogging
    • Author visits:
    • Chris Higgins at the library, Darren Shan at Waterstones & Joanna Nadin at the University of Plymouth
    • Guitar hero tuition
    • HeadSpace got talent and X factor
    • Songwriting & beatboxing
    • Local projects:
    • Efford Library Mural design, Happy Valley Day
  • 5. HeadSpace: the movie
    • HeadSpace 11-14s made a promotional movie in 2008
    • The film was shown on the BBC Big Screen in Plymouth’s City Centre
  • 6. HeadSpace: the movie II
    • HeadSpace 15-18s group created a film entry for the Public Library Building Awards 2009 in partnership with the Youth Offending Prevention team
    • The library was entered under the category Innovation as the design was developed in response to the needs of HeadSpace and other user groups
  • 7. Online…
    • HeadSpace Efford launched their own blog following International Youth Day 2008
    • http://
    • 350 views to date
    • HeadSpace Efford also twitter – the application is embedded on the blog
    • HeadSpace Efford 15-19s have created their own Facebook group
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  • 11. Where did we start?
    • Summer 2006 consultations took place for National Lottery and The Reading Agency HeadSpace project funding bid
    • Created partnerships
    • Design consultations
    • Outreach with local youth groups
    • Stock buy at Waterstones
    • Choosing furniture
    • Planning the launch event
  • 12. Our aims
    • To increase the number of 11-19s visiting the library
    • To increase the library membership of 11-19s
    • To increase the number of 11-19s getting accreditation through volunteering at HeadSpace
  • 13. National HeadSpace targets
    • By 2010:
    • 205 young people engaged in HeadSpace activities (117)
    • 30 young people involved in designing and planning the HeadSpace site (40)
    • 2 young people undertaking work placements or securing employment with the library service or partners (2 planned work placements)
    • 35 young people have improved knowledge, understanding or skills (40)
    • 25 young people have improved awareness of their own feelings (36)
    • 30 young people experience personal development and social progress (33)
    • 140 young people discover opportunities for enjoyment, inspiration and creativity as a result of their involvement (36)
    Using HeadSpace Efford figures and records; The Reading Agency HeadSpace evaluation tools
  • 14. 18 months on…
    • Due to an expanding group size we divided HeadSpace into two age groups 11-14s and 15-19s
    • HeadSpace 11-14s providing volunteer support to local events
    • HeadSpace 15-19s entered a national competition on behalf of their library
    • HeadSpace continues to host innovative young people’s events at the library
  • 15. What the young people say…
    • “It’s fun!!!!!!”
    • “I have new friends”
    • “It stops me reading too much”
    • “I have new friends (the volunteers) Pete and Sam!!!”
    • “We have parties and we are allowed to make noise in the library”
    • Using National Youth Agency Participation tool “What’s Changed?”
  • 16.
    • Any questions?
    • Email:
    • [email_address]
    • or call 01752 306791