Denton library volunteers receive Queen’s Award

VOLUNTEERS who helped save a Denton library from closure are celebrating after receiving royal acclaim.Denton West End Community Library (DWECL) has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Founded eight years ago with the aim of keeping the library on Windsor Road in Dane Bank open, the group has become thriving and dynamic, committed to its preservation and development for the community, through various fundraising activities and events.

DWECL is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive this prestigious award this year.

The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – created in 2002, the monarch’s Golden Jubilee, and announced every year on her coronation date, June 2 – aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.

Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse and DWECL takes its place alongside some deserving causes.

These include a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling, Scotland, and a thriving arts centre in County Down, Northern Ireland.Representatives of DWECL will receive the award from Sir Warren Smith, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer.

Furthermore, two volunteers will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s award.

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