Thank you, volunteers

This week marks Volunteers Week and we want to send a huge thank you to all the volunteers and voluntary organisations that support us here at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. 

Like many other sites across the nation, we’ve had to put volunteer programme on hold during the coronavirus outbreak and we can’t wait to be able to welcome our volunteers back. In the meantime we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the hugely valued role our volunteers play as part of the Jodrell Bank family.

Since we began working on our National Lottery Heritage funded First Light Project, our growing team of volunteers have given over 4000 hours of their time sharing their passion, enthusiasm and expertise in a range of roles across the site.

There are so many different ways volunteers support us at Jodrell Bank and help us further our aims…

During the winter season, amateur astronomers from local societies such as Macc Astro gave over 1000 budding stargazers the opportunity to glimpse the heavens through a telescope; our visitor welcome volunteers have helped us host thousands of families during busy school holidays and half terms; and a countless array of gardeners, fern and fungi experts, beekeepers, birdwatchers, wildlife experts and gooseberry growers have devoted time and energy in protecting and supporting the biodiversity of our 35 acres of gardens and arboretum. Click here to read what our gardeners got up to in January and February…

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We’ve been joined by new volunteers too – members of the Manchester Cottonopolis branch of the Women’s Institute volunteered with us for the first time at a very special Girls’ Night Out for International Women’s Day, bringing with them a dazzling array of astronomically-themed cakes to be sold in aid of the Manchester women’s charity Emmeline’s Pantry. Our friends, The University of Manchester Physics Outreach team, joined us too.

Every single one of our volunteers makes a huge difference to the work we do here and helps us in our mission to protect, share and celebrate this important site, for the benefit of all.

Thank you!