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Our Commitment Towards Recognition

You are the people who have helped us make a difference across our county through culture. You have all done more than you needed to, because you chose to, for a reason important to you. At Leicestershire County Council we are the lucky ones because you chose heritage and libraries to invest your time and energy in

‐ County Council Chairman Pam Posnett

It’s important to us that volunteers feel recognised for the time, energy and skills they dedicate to our services and the local community. We like to do this is lots of different ways, from a simple thank you, to nominating volunteers for awards, and holding celebration events.

Picnic at the Manor

In August 2019. we held our summer celebration event for our library and heritage volunteers at the 1620s House and Gardens.

It was great to see so many volunteers there from across a variety of different roles and despite the somewhat miserable weather, everyone seemed to have a fantastic day.

We were joined by the wonderful team from Up An’ At ‘Em! History who brought along some weaponry from the Tudor period and had some fun getting involved in a Tudor Militia exercise.

A key highlight was very much the tours provided by the House and Garden volunteers, who transported everyone back in time to life in the 1620s.

“After the rain stopped we had a super guided tour of the gardens and house. The guides were all very knowledgeable and entertaining. The buffet was excellent.”

To hear from the volunteers themselves about why they choose to get involved and what these celebration events mean to them, click the film above and to the right of this page!


A Christmas Celebration!

Our Christmas event was the first event, which brought together all aspects of the new Participation Team within Heritage and Libraries, and hosted traditional volunteers alongside community curators, champions, ambassadors and connectors.

It was great to see nearly 100 people there from across a variety of different teams and roles.

The evening was kicked off by the Beacons Voice, Children in Care Choir, who got everyone in the festive spirit with their brilliant performance. The team are currently working with this incredible group of young people on an exciting heritage project for the NextGen HeritageFest2021.

We also launched our new Participation film, which many people in the room had kindly featured in. Check it out here! 

After some tasty food the evening then ended in utter chaos with a very competitive Snowman Drive- for those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a festive take on the Beetle Drive game!

County Council Chairman Pam Posnett paid a special tribute to the volunteers at the end, extending her personal thanks to all of them.