Friends of Burnage Library Honoured by Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

As we celebrated our Bee Friendly Library garden this time last year we had no idea what would we facing our lovely community of Burnage a year from then. Over the 6 years of re-opening as a Community Powered Library the numbers of people coming together to use the Library, join activities and enjoy events steadily grew, to over 2,500 visits a month and 280 people a week of all ages joining us for free activity sessions.

Members of our volunteer team shared their lockdown messages.

Our team of 43 volunteers has been behind making our Library such a welcoming space, where local people from 0 – 90 have been able to access information and opportunities for learning and wellbeing, culture and connection. We are delighted to announce that Friends of Burnage Library is one of 230 groups in the UK to have been chosen for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. We’re so very proud that the time and care our volunteers have put into making our Library such a well-loved place is being acknowledged by this award.

Making a scarecrow in the Bee Friendly garden – a project funded by Manchester Airport Community Trust.

Our Chair of Trustees, Anne Henderson says “We are very proud to receive the award and it reflects the massive commitment and hard work of over 40 volunteers from the Burnage community, without whom the doors of the library simply would not open.”