Coach House redevelopment set to start

Age UK Sheffield has received formal permission from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to start the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Old Coach House in Hillsborough Park, after signing the lease with Sheffield City Council.

The lease includes a long-term lease for both the Old Coach House building and the Potting Shed that sits to the side of the Walled Garden. Once converted, the Potting Shed will be used to provide dementia-friendly activities from crafting and woodwork to gardening and sewing.

It is hoped the restoration and building work will begin in April.

Steve Chu, Age UK Sheffield CEO, said: “The project is going to have such a positive impact on the community and provide some amazing opportunities for older people across Sheffield to engage in inclusive and exciting activities and events, which will have a real positive impact on reducing the loneliness and isolation faced by so many.”

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said: “Hillsborough Park is already one of Sheffield’s most popular parks, but this development will really take it to the next level.

“As well as the important benefits the scheme will bring to those living with dementia, it will also provide brand new café and toilet facilities to all visitors and will preserve the wonderful heritage of the Old Coach House building.”


Investors In Community see increase in charitable giving in 2021

While 2021 has seen the continuation of the pandemic, the need to give back is stronger than ever.

Whether local businesses are helping to support people with disabilities or donating laptops for home schooling children, there’s nothing quite like knowing your small act of kindness can have a positive impact on the world.

Many more businesses are recognising the value of giving back and Investors In Community, a digital platform which enables businesses to connect with charitable projects in their area and measure the impact of their Corporate Social Responsibility activities, has seen an encouraging start to 2021 as donations via the platform have grown by 18 per cent.

“Businesses have responded to charities in crisis by offering various kinds of support including volunteering and donating gifts in kind, and this is continuing,” said Lisa Newton of IIC.

“Those still looking for support locally include SCCCC, who are looking for people to keep in touch with our local older population.

“Mums in Need is appealing for old tech donations and we are hosting four fundraisers for Support Dogs’ Charity Abseil in May.

“We are also helping to make a success of Liniar’s Easter Egg project and collecting donations to support Derbyshire WISH, a supported housing project which provides emergency short term refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence.”