10 ideas for change: Sheffield

abundance6. Grow Sheffield: Growing food through community: From Abundance to Allotment Soup, Grow Sheffield has launched a number of imaginative projects to raise awareness of and connect people through urban food growing and harvesting. Its aim is to transform the city into an urban food-growing landscape based on collaboration: http://growsheffield.com/

7. The Roco Creative Coop: A creative hub in the city centre: Opening its doors only last month, Roco is Sheffield’s first large-scale co-operative development built exclusively for the city’s designers, artists and makers. It will eventually be home to galleries, studio spaces, and a maker space as well as retail, a cafe-bar and a rooftop garden complete with chickens and aims to support social enterprises in the creative sector: http://www.theroco.org

8. Portland Works: Using community shares to protect industrial heritage and support a new generation of small manufacturers: The building in which stainless steel was invented was set to be turned into student flats until a community buy-out secured its future. It now continues to house a new and older generation of small manufacturer and is owned by over 500 community shareholders: http://www.portlandworks.co.uk/

kelhamislandxmas29. Little Kelham: Creating a low carbon community: Little Kelham is turning former works buildings into low carbon, sustainable property development in the Kelham Island area of Sheffield. Developed by Citu, homes are super-insulated and digitally-enabled and plans for the development include creative spaces, workshops, galleries, bars and cafes. The Kelham Island Quarter has used its industrial heritage as a base from which to create a new residential area, with its own brewery, museum and annual Victorian Christmas market (pictured): http://littlekelham.com/

10. Live Works: Co-producing urban development: An initiative by the University of Sheffield to expand interest in local development, the scheme operates out of an Urban Room at Union Street co-working space. It played a key role in the redevelopment of the Castlegate area of the city centre, engaging locals, inviting local people to help remake the area. http://www.live-works.org/


Clare Goff is Editor at New Start magazine

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