Your Choice Books
Keywords:social exclusion, homelessness
AbstractDuring the summer of 2003, a three-month trial project, Your Choice Books, was undertaken on behalf of Warrington Library, Museum and Archives Service. A selection of existing library stock was relocated to the local YMCA, which is frequented by homeless people, in an attempt to combat social exclusion. Basic questionnaires were distributed to users of the YMCA and to members of library staff. This resulted in qualitative data determining interest in the programme from a sample of YMCA visitors and challenged staff to consider their social conscience with regards to those disadvantaged by homelessness. Quantitative data was obtained by tabulating responses using the statistical analysis package SPSS.The findings revealed this to be a successful project which, after careful consideration and discussion, is to continue indefinitely.
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