Sheffield Town Trust

Case Studies


Age UK imageAGE UK Sheffield

Through its subscription list, Sheffield Town Trust has supported AGE UK Sheffield for its core costs for over 28 years. AGE UK Sheffield helps thousands of older people in Sheffield, particularly the vulnerable and isolated, giving them information, support and services they need to help sort the problems that modern day life throws at them. Recently the Town Trust also gave a grant towards the provision of wheelchair access to their central office in Sheffield.


St Vincents Furniture Store

St Vincents Furniture store provides essential items of furniture and household goods (free of charge) to over 2500 people in need annually in Sheffield. As well as supporting them with core costs, Sheffield Town Trust recently made a contribution towards a new van to enable the charity to continue collecting donated items and delivery to those in need referred to them by local agencies.


St Wilfreds Centre

St Wilfred’s Centre is a safe haven in the city for the homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded. Up to 80 people visit the centre each day where they are provided with help and support, training, a good meal and a choice of activities to join in with. The Sheffield Town Trust has recently made a Contribution towards a new printing machine used in their skills workshop. We have also supported them with a grant towards their capital project to build an accommodation block.


Ethel imageEthel

Ethel is a barge moored in Victoria Quays, Sheffield, which makes trips down the canal taking young people with all types of mental or learning disability for a day out. The trips are educational, but the main theme is ‘Unlocking Confidence’. Each year they make about 60 days trips, for up to a total of 400 young people. The benefit that these days out give to young people is immeasurable. Sheffield Town Trust is a keen supporter of Ethel, and her skipper and crew. Periodic financial assistance has been offered to them since 1991.


dial-a-ride vehicle imageSheffield Dial a Ride

Sheffield Dial a Ride operates a fleet of minibuses to enable people in wheelchairs and their carers to live as normal a life as possible. Journeys to Day Care Centres, to visit relatives and friends, the shops, the theatre, even the seaside are possible in vehicles specially adapted for wheelchairs and with easy access lifts. Sheffield Town Trust has made regular donations to assist their work.


Yorkshire Artspace

image by Martine Hamilton KnightYorkshire Artspace runs Persistence Works, a modern purpose built artists’ studio complex near the City Centre, designed by RIBA Stirling Prize winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley. It accommodates over 65 visual artists and craftspeople.

There is a particularly significant group of distinguished silversmiths based there, continuing a long Sheffield tradition but producing contemporary product designs. The Trust has supported the Starter Studio Programme for emerging Designer Silversmiths. This is a two-year programme offering fully equipped workspace, ongoing business, technical and mentor support as well as opportunities to exhibit and market new work. The Trust gave the Programme £3,000 pa for three years.


Langsett and Walkley Community Association

This community group has been running an annual Fun Day on behalf of local residents for the last several years. Sponsored by neighbourhood groups and youth clubs, the fun day focuses on a different theme each year, such as anti-social behaviour or healthy eating. Takings from the stalls and competitions go towards charitable causes. The Sheffield Town Trust has granted £500 to the Community Association, specifically aimed at helping them organise the event.


Oughtibridge War Memorial Sports Club

This 90 year old sports club is in the village of Oughtibridge adjacent to the River Don. The club, which is entirely self-supporting and run by volunteers, plays host to 4 different football clubs and 2 cricket teams all of which play a strong role in the neighbourhood.


whirlow hall farm imageWhirlow Hall Farm Trust

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is a 130 acre working farm which seeks to offer the children who visit it a wide range of environmental, recreational and educational facilities. They receive no statutory funding so all their income comes from fundraising or from the products they sell.

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust carries out its valuable work amongst many deprived children in an unusually creative and original way. The Sheffield Town Trust has supported several of its capital projects over the years and regularly helps towards the farm’s running costs.


Sheffield Leisure Library

The Sheffield Leisure Library is based at All Saints Sports centre and provides leisure equipment for the use of profoundly disabled adults, for example jigsaws, games, and musical instruments. They approached the Town Trust for help in equipping a sensory room which had been developed with funds raised through the Within Reach ActivAbility project. The Trust awarded £2,000 which helped them to purchase colour-change lights and controllers, portable fibre optic lights and specially designed switches which can be operated by severely disabled.


Meersbrook Park

The facilities for young people in Meersbrook Park have been radically improved over the last 10 years largely due to the work of the Meersbook Park Users Trust which is an entirely voluntary group. The park’s walled garden has been redeveloped, and a youth shelter, ‘skate bowl’ and new playground have been built to which the Town Trust granted £5,000. The aim now is to improve and upgrade the multi-use games area so it can be used for tennis, basketball, football, bike riding and other sports. Funds are being raised for this project and the Town Trust has pledged its help.


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