School hopes to raise funds for new books

December 02 2013

WESTBURY Park Primary School has joined forces with new social network, Neighbourly, in hope of securing funding towards improving its library.

WESTBURY Park Primary School has joined forces with new social network, Neighbourly, in hope of securing funding towards improving its library.

Neighbourly.com is a free online social network, designed to help community projects connect with companies which can be of assistance.  

The site operates by giving community projects and small charities, who are struggling for funds, a space where they can tell their story and ask for help.

Westbury Park Primary School, which holds 420 pupils aged 4-11, is passionate about encouraging a love of reading but only have a narrow choice of reading material. According to the school, the books available in the library are in poor condition and do not reflect the growing ethnic diversity of the school.

Jane Halstead, Community Manager for Neighbourly said: "With a strain on local government funding, community groups and charities are increasingly turning to companies for help."

Mandy Webb, chair of the Parent-Teacher Association, said: "Funding for schools, particularly in Bristol, is very tight and schools like Westbury Park are underfunded and unable to buy basic resources such as books."

To show support for the library project, visit www.neighbourly.com and search ‘Westbury Park’. Other local community or charity projects in the area can start a project for free at www.neighbourly.com. Follow Neighbourly on Twitter: @nbrlyuk.