Volunteering at Birchfield Library Birmingham

Part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme

At Service Birmingham staff are given the chance to get involved and support a range of community initiatives as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility programme, such as volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge which takes place every year during the summer holidays.

This year the Summer Reading Challenge theme was The Big Friendly Read. Libraries all over the UK, including Birchfield Library in Birmingham are celebrating 100 years of the wonderful writer Roald Dahl.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday.

The Summer Reading Challenge at Birchfield library was funded by Service Birmingham’s Staff Benefit Scheme which has benefited many good causes nominated by Service Birmingham staff.

As a volunteer it was great to see how the Summer Reading Challenge encouraged local children to take up reading. Having two of my own I understand the importance of getting young children involved in reading from an early age.

Jas Sandhu, Communications Manager at Service Birmingham

Children received special rewards each time they finished a book and a certificate for completing the Challenge.

In addition to the reading challenge a number of craft activities were held at Birchfield library which were inspired by the books. One of the craft activities I volunteered for was helping the local children create BFG dream jars inspired by the book The Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl. As you can see from the photographs a lot of fun was had by all!

Jas Sandhu, Communications Manager at Service Birmingham

Corporate Social Responsibility is a cornerstone of our business, which is why Service Birmingham have invested nearly £2.5m into community projects across Birmingham. Service Birmingham is proud to be working in partnership with Birmingham Community Libraries by getting involved in volunteering and in providing ICT solutions that support local services.

Service Birmingham make a vital contribution to the operation of community libraries by providing the hardware and on-going support to enable libraries to offer free internet access to residents as well as to manage the book stock’’.

Richard Davies, Head of Service for Birmingham Community Libraries

Ten years of corporate social responsibility at Service Birmingham


We work with schools, businesses and community organisations. CSR is an integral part of our approach and expresses our company’s values to the community we serve here in Birmingham.

Tony Lubman, CEO, Service Birmingham

Volunteering at our Sheffield Partnership

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Your staff have been absolutely fantastic this year with our children. It has been great for the children to see a familiar smiling face arrive every week for their dedicated reading time

Cheryl Deakin, teacher at Wybourn Primary, Sheffield

Library of Birmingham


Located in Birmingham’s Centenary Square, the Library is expected to attract over three million visitors a year, with many more visiting online, and will hold a four month Discovery Season of events, displays and activities to mark its opening.