Chris Reece - Community Champ!

Friday 05th April 2019

Chris, alongside the members of the Walkley Carnegie Library were successful in securing £90,000 of funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and remain committed to creating a ‘vibrant community hub’ despite plan for a £1.3 million café and bar project being scrapped a few years back. Chris and a team of volunteers took over the running of the library in 2014 – the only library left in the city with the Carnegie status.

Commenting on the award win, Chris said, “We are delighted to receive the Moor Pride in Sheffield award, which is very much a commendation for the wider team at Walkley and all the other volunteer-run libraries across the city.

“We expect to use the money to enhance either access of promotion of Walkley Carnegie Library. We constantly strive to reach new library users and to enhance our range of events and activities.”

In 2016, the volunteer libraries as a group won the Voluntary Action Sheffield Make a Difference Award in relation to creating a new network of volunteers to support the libraries.

“Receiving such awards adds momentum and interest to a project or organisation,” Chris added.

Chris who is also working with Ruskin in Sheffield on an arts council funded project, has also recently achieved a grant from Sheffield City Council for a dementia initiative involving memories. Fabulous work!

Chris, who has spent over 20 years with Sheffield Theatres, moved to Sheffield = from London in 1986, is currently teaching Event Management part time at Hallam University.

Congratulations to Chris and the team.

Chris Reece has been awarded The Moor Pride in Sheffield Community Champion award following his work to save the Walkley library from closure.

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