The Burton Street Foundation provides vital services for 300 disabled adults and children in Hillsborough, Sheffield. Set in three Victorian school buildings, the community hub also accommodates over 20 small businesses and charities – including a café, a bar and restaurant, a conference centre, a gym and sports hall and a recording studio – that employ 72 local people. All these facilities are used by the local community and Sheffield businesses. This generates income for Burton Street to run 30 regular sessions for adults and children with learning difficulties, and many other activities and events for the local community.
The Burton Street Foundation has a huge social and economic impact in Hillsborough, and across Sheffield. At the moment, Burton Street attracts 1600 people a year to their annual events, and about 2000 people a week take part in their activities. By expanding their campus, they will double their capacity to organise more community events, provide a wider range of services and have a greater impact on the local community.
The Power to Change grant will leverage existing funding and enable the Burton Street Foundation to double their capacity by refurbishing the Bamforth building, a former kitchen furniture factory nearby. This will trigger the Burton Street Foundation’s ‘Enterprise 100’ scheme – get 100 adults with learning disabilities from across Sheffield into sustainable employment over the next 3 years and help to overcome some of the barriers to employment for people with learning disabilities. With more space and staff to run sessions for adults with learning disabilities, the Bamforth building will be used to build up their confidence and skills so they can get jobs. It will also include an independent living space so they can learn to be more self-sufficient.
Almost 100 jobs have been safeguarded so far and the Power to Change grant will fund at least six new jobs; 30 local apprentices will be part of the Bamforth building refurbishment project, which will boost local employment. The refurbished Bamforth building will also accommodate new tenants, including the Alzheimer’s Society, Community Transport, and Wood Recycling, which will benefit the local community. They will generate more income, helping Burton Street become a fully sustainable community business.
With the Power to Change grant, we can refurbish the whole Bamforth building in one go, instead of room by room as funding trickles in