What we do

Learners Community Library (LCL) helps all children in the local community, but particularly preschoolers, and children/young people from 0-19 who require additional advice and support to prevent/minimise future learning problems developing. It has been developed with the local community of schools (including Aspects), playgroups, professionals,Windhill children's centres, voluntary and community organisations to improve local children's speech, language and communication and personal, social and emotional development.

How much does it cost to join Learners Community Library?‚Äč

  • There is a modest yearly subscription with no charges for borrowing individual items.

  • Concessions are available for parents who need this and for newly qualified teachers.

  • Those with dementia and their carers are free for one year courtesy of an East Herts grant

Learners Community Library provides equipment, materials, support and advice in an informal setting to parents/carers, SENCOs, professionals and others working with children and young people, aged 0-19, and children themselves who reside, or attend education or play provision in the local area. Membership is now being extended to those outside this area.


The range of resources have continued to be extended from the original area of speech, language and communication (SLCN) to cover areas such as fine and gross motor coordination, behaviour management, social skills etc.


At the Kitwood unit, Herts & Essex Community Hospital, Haymeads Lane, Bishops Stortford, CM23 5JH

A large range of toys, books and resources professionally selected to stimulate and develop young minds as well as advice to help all children

For parents, carers, children, school staff, early years staff and professionals from the local area who subscribe to the library

Library is open monthly Tues 5.30pm - 7.30pm and Wednesday 1pm - 5pm (except August).

Drop in to a library session to browse, borrow and make resources, and for advice from a range of professionals.

Modest yearly subscription. Commitment to add or donate unused resources from own setting for everyone's use.

Click the link below for our downloadable content. This includes current leaflets, library resource database and group information.

Who runs the Dementia Friends Drop In ?

Claire Uwins. She is a local Dementia Champion and is passionate about spreading Dementia awareness and education about this challenging condition.


Claire is a trustee at the Community Initiative (Bishops Stortford) and until recently, at the Apton Rd centre (Age concern). She is mum to two grown up boys. Her career has been in retail buying and management and post Tesco, her time has been spent volunteering within the community for the Apton centre, Isabel Hospice, Bishops Stortford Parkinsons group and local schools. She has developed The Care Bank to encourage local volunteering, The Stepping Stones project to support Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and the Much Hadham Sunday lunch club to support those on their own on a Sunday.


What are they for?

To help everyone understand and learn more about Dementia. Items to help someone with Dementia and their carers can also be borrowed from Learners Community Library or made at this session.


When are the Drop Ins?

Claire runs our monthly Learners Community Library drop in Dementia Friends/Awareness session on a Tuesday evening from 5.30 to 7.30.



Kitwood Unit  

Herts and Essex Hospital
Cavell Drive

Bishop's Stortford


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