Tributes and thanks to our volunteers in 2021

Events, Volunteering

We wanted to say thank you to our volunteers who support Portland Works in so many ways – from restoring the fabric of the building to giving talks and tours on the history of the factory, helping out at events, writing our newsletter and much more.

For those volunteers who felt able to visit the building, we organised a small get together to say thank you – complete with a wonderful cake made for us by Kezwink Cakes.

The following day we held a Zoom party when our volunteers opened a thank you letter from the chair of our board of directors, Dr Chris Corker, watched a video we’d made of them at work and heard recorded messages from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Gail Smith and Nancy Fielder, editor of the Sheffield Star.

The Lord Mayor said she’d been impressed to hear about the renovation of Portland Works, one of the UK’s most important historical industrial buildings and such a Sheffield landmark. “I know you give your time regularly and are happy to take on any challenge – including recently climbing all the way up the tall chimney to repair the brickwork and make it safe.” She added that she would like to visit the Works in person to see the progress the volunteers had made, and arrangements are now being made to welcome her.

The Star’s Nancy Fielder also paid tribute to our volunteers. “I am a great fan of Portland Works because of people like you who keep it going and have transformed it from a historical wreck, I think it’s fair to say, into something everyone in the city is proud of,” she said.

Learn more about joining Portland Works as a volunteer here.

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