The Steel Valley Project successfully completed the five year Stone to Steel Project in March 2011
The Stone to Steel Project brought almost £1 million investment to Stocksbridge and the surrounding area, half of which was from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This funding allowed the Steel Valley Project to employ project officers to work with the local community to discover and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of Stocksbridge.
This included working with schools, landowners, community groups and individuals to deliver:
The Stone to Steel Project funding finished in March 2011 and in order look at how successful the project was, consultants were engaged to assess what impact was made.
These out puts are summarised in the column to the right, but overall the report demonstrated a number of key points:
More people are now accessing and enjoying the natural environment. This includes local people and visitors from further a field.
At the same time more people, particularly local people have a better understanding of Stocksbridge's natural and historic landscape and its development.
Local voluntary community groups and key partner organizations reported that they had increased their confidence and capacity to develop their projects.
Much of the work on the ground was achieved by volunteers working with the SVP.
They were able to develop skills and knowledge to deliver a range of countryside management projects. Qualifications were achieved in first aid and use of power tools such as chainsaws and strimmers.
This work also had positive impacts upon their health, confidence and employability that improved the quality of their lives.
Steel Valley Project Manager, Matthew North said, “I am delighted that the hard work of staff, volunteers and community groups has been shown to have such a positive impact for Stocksbridge and the surrounding area. This wouldn’t have been possible with out the support of Stocksbridge Town Council, Tata Steels and our other partners”
Work won’t stop here. The report has highlighted key points that the SVP will carry on to build on this success.
The SVP will continue working with land owners and agencies to manage sites for the benefit of local people and wildlife.
It will work with schools to access and use local green spaces to deliver the national curriculum. Works on footpaths and rights of way will continue in partnership Sheffield’s Public right of Way Unit.
Volunteer training activities will continue to be developed to provide opportunities for local people.
You can download a copy of the complete Stone to Steel evaluation report here
Outputs from the Stone to Steel Project at a glance