Burton Street buildings are built! However they’re called the Langsett Road School instead... Langsett Road School is built!
Langsett Road School rings it bell for the last time... nearly a hundred years of education are over.
The building is put to a variety of uses.
Burton Street building ends its days as Langsett Music School, before being scheduled for demolition.
Burton Street is left abandoned for 3 years, vandalism occurs.
This is where it gets a bit interesting... The local community, seeing the value in these buildings, stepped in with a campaign to save the site. They judged that it was easier to ask forgiveness than permission, and occupied the building. This marks the moment Burton Street came back to life.
Across the city a pilot scheme providing activities for adults with learning disabilities begins in Greystones. And Glyn Mansell (who was our Service Director before retiring in June 2016) meets our first client, Sally, at Greystone Community Centre.
The Full Monty’s famous Dole Office scene is filmed in Capel Hall, with a special cameo from Jim Taylor- one of the community members responsible for saving Burton Street buildings.
Greystones Disability services expand into the North of the City and relocate to Burton Street. Our project called React starts.
The site gets busier!
AND busier. These past years helped shape the direction of Burton Street with two important decisions being made. The first was to begin working with adults and children with learning disabilities (yay!) and secondly, to buy the building from Sheffield City Council (yay again!).
Ruth Thomas runs Route2K at Burton Street, a group which provides activities for children with learning disabilities; this is the beginnings of Children and Young Peoples Services.
Glyn Mansell and Ruth Thomas start creating the sensory garden... and are stopped by people doing community service, who aptly show them how it’s done. Clients, community service participants and Burton Street staff all work together to successfully make the sensory garden.
The building is purchased from Sheffield City Council at a very generous discount (thanks Sheffield City Council).
Inside Out Project is established.
Burton Street suffers financial problems, staff members have salaries and hours cut and others are made redundant, things look very bleak for Burton Street. Dave Clarson is appointed as a consultant to see if Burton Street can be saved and things gradually turn around. Dave decides he likes it here, and doesn’t leave.
Despite being very beautiful buildings, they were still very old, and had fallen into disrepair during the time it was abandoned. It needed fixing up. A survey suggested that the site would need £3 million of repairs to sort out all the problems.
Trustees, Staff, tenants, and an army of friends and volunteers rolled up their sleeves and secured £1.3 million in grants, all with the help and support of Adventure Capital Fund and South Yorkshire Key Fund. We secured grants from Community Builders Fund, and a loan from the Charity Bank.
The work began!
The work ended!
We started a new service called Residential Support Service.
Over 2000 people now use Burton Street’s site each week, including clients, staff, visitors, gym members, people using the café, attending events of hiring space.
Burton Street identified a serious lag in statistics for employment of adults with learning disabilities in Sheffield compared to the national average, It was spurred on to undertake an ambitious project called ‘Enterprise 100’, which aims to get 100 adults with learning disabilities into employment.
Burton Street continues to be really popular! Which is great, but suddenly we’re running out of space… so our sights are set across the road, to the Bamforth building.
Dave Clarson retires.
...and Clare Mappin becomes Managing Director. And Dave ends up volunteering and still hasn’t left.
Work begins on the Bamforth Building, with the help of Kier and other suppliers across Sheffield. Enterprise 100 also takes off and begins its first pilot sessions.
Bamforth Building is completed and now hosts great community events and activities. With fully let tenants spaces and new sessions for disability services for children and adults. Burton Street get some new funky branding, which gets people very excited (mainly Isabelle in Marketing,)